My Hustler dealer just call me and said "I thought you may be interested in this, the county bought 3 more new Hustlers from me this morning". He said they were running JD for the most part but decided in 2007 to buy and run Exmark, Ferris, and Hustler with the John Deere's for a comparison of dependability, cut and productivity. While this is fresh on my mind from what my dealer told me told me, Scag is on a little shaky ground for some reason and Toro just went factory direct on their mower sales because their distributor filed bankruptcy. He said Gravely bought Great Dane and Everide but before this is all over there will be more changes. I asked him why the county didn't try Scag or Kubota and he said the Scag dealer in this area lost his dealership. They said Kubota was more expensive and they did not think it would hold up to their abuse and the amount of mowing they do each week. They bought 2 new Super Z's with flex forks on both an the new flex seat on one in the spring of 2007. The 3 new ones they bought this morning had the flex forks and flex seat on each of them, he said the boys would argue over the mower with the flex seat and it made so much difference to the operators they purchased the flex seat for all the Hustlers. They said the Hustlers sold themselves by being the most productive, comfortable and with no problems during the 2007 cutting season. He told me the JD's were not holding up to their applications and warranty work took to long, they bought the Ferris from the JD dealer and said it was in the shop 4 times since they purchased it. They said the Exmark gave a good cut but was not as productive and comfortable as the Hustlers. This is nothing I am involved with, just information passed to me from my dealer.