I currently have a 2009 Next Lazer. I love everything about it except how it mows wet grass. I can live with this if I have to because it is an awesome mower, but I would consider JD for my next mower. The Exmark would become my secondary/backup. The last time I demoed a JD was in 2007 and it was pretty good in wet grass. It rained the couple of days I had it so I never got to really try it out under dry conditions. I think the deck is basically the same between 07 and now? How is the 900 series handling, ride (no suspension seat), hill performance, etc? Are the JD hydros as smooth as the Exmarks?