Those Deere's aren't really fair comparison to the scag or exmark. The 960 has 15% more hp so of coarse it will be a bunch more $. To be fair you need to compare the deere 930 for a fair machine price. If you are willing to spend the extra 1-1.5k get the bigger Deere's and blow that scag away. The exmark isn't even a option with their stupid prices. That's the most expensive by alot, but only the S series so a smaller not as beefy of a machine.