Keep in mind, Ferris was bought by Simplicity back in the early '00's. But then Simplicity was bought by Briggs and I think they've slowly gone down hill, though Ferris still seems to be quite good.I'm not trying to pick a fight or step on anyones toes here but I owned a hustler fast trak and had nothing but problems with it. Hustler in my opinion was already going down hill long before this buyout ever happened. Many years ago you used to see all the county road crews and landscape crews using them around here but then they all disappeared. Now all you see is Scag and Exmark. I also had several personal dealings with their distributor down in Florida which never made good on anything they said they would do including calling me back. In my experience and observation companies don't get bought out like this if they are leaders in their industry.