Just got back from my "great auction day"..... Drove 325 roundtrip miles to buy nothing.......... Got up at 445 am so excited about getting a nice mower at a nice price, busted butt to get to auction by 730, review equipment in order of needing it: 1)Exmark hp 44" w 20kohler, 18hrs 2)Ex Z 60", 27Kawi, 94 hours 3) Ex Z 60",23 Kohler, 55 hours 4) Ferris 27Kawi, 60", 41 hours 5) Scag Cougar, 25 hp, 48", 97 hours Well the bidding starts, a Toro Z 18 kohler, 44" with only 10hours, and busted hydro pump was sold for $4100. next came the exmark z 23kohler, it went for $6200!! the funny thing is the next 60" exmark with a 27 kawi engine and the same housr went for only $5200!?!?! Old men buying them to drink beer while they mow their pastures, They could not get the Scag price above $3500 which I am still kicking myself for, for not bidding on it. And finally the Exmark HP went for just under $5000 to a couple just coming in to take in the sights,,, Pissed? Yes, idiots who only bid on something because of the anouncer's antics, idiots who have no idea what they are actually buying got the euipment ahead of everyone else. To tell you the truth I went up there thinking that I could pay for a machine half of what it cost new, but after seeing the trend of bids I realized I would rather get a brand new machine with the warranty ready to go. One of the machines a Exmark HP 48" looked like it had been dropped off a cliff, from the look of the deck. It was also missing the screw caps to the gas tanks and instead had electrical tape over it. I left before that one was auctioned off.... The lcos were all standing around hoping that the bidding would be under $3000 but you could see after the first couple of rounds that we were screwed..... Just a little tired and frustrated probably did not make any sense because I am delirious right now but I feel better after venting, now onto the shower and bed!