So I have a new dilemma, I mow about 4 acres of my own lawn and an additional 3 or so of my neighbors from time to time. I was really set on a Scag Patriot 61" until i stopped in a local deal who sells both Scag and John Deere. I was able to test drive both and spend a lot of time looking each unit over. Now i'm kind of leaning towards the Deere. Both units would be 60"/61", both have the Kawasaki Fx730, zt3400 hydros, suspension seats, and seem to be well built. The Deere how ever looks beefier than the scag and has the Pro HC deck, which form what i'm told is the same as the 7 iron deck but with a little lighter steel. (is this correct?) The Deere also has spindles that you can grease vs the scag having sealed spindles. So based on some of the items listed above, which don't really cover all the areas the Deere "Seemed" better comes the price. The Deere is about $8,800 vs the scag at $7,800 or so. I have also considered the Scag Tiger Cat 2 which can be had for about the same price as the Deere with the New Kawasaki FT motor that is EFI. I'm not sure how the new Kawasaki FT motor would compare to the FX motor. From what I gather the FT motor is no a full blown "commercial" motor but it's also not a residential motor either. I think it goes without saying that the Scag Tiger Cat 2 is a heavier built machine than both the Z740R and the Patriot. Better spindles, better deck, better frame, Etc... Would you guys get the TC2 with the new EFI Kawasaki or stick to the one of the other "lighter" mowers with the better engine. I'm not worried if a motor will last 2,000 hours because I doubt I will put that amount on it while I own it. Any feedback would be great and I would love to hear some feedback on the New FT motor. Thank you everyone for your help.