Hi Folks, I apologize to those who might be offended by a novice posting on your forum. Im a single homeowner who knows nothing about equipment--just watch me try to add oil through a dip stick. I have 26 acres of pasture with some woods. My trees are mainly oaks and a few low limbed evergreens. Ive been mowing with a 36 Honda and my 40 HP JD with a brush hog. I have two very steep pond dams where I either back up with the JD or race down on the Honda. I drive a diesel one-ton and have diesel for my tractor so I prefer diesel. I searched this forum for info on the Scag Sabre Tooth vs the Grasshopper Diesel G2 and found more options that has me even more confused. I found mowers Ive never even heard of and dont know if they are available in Kansas City. In my area I notice most of the commercial trailers are hauling Grasshoppers and an occasional Scag. What Im gathering from my search of your site are few mentions of the Grasshoppers and mostly unfavorable mentions of the Scag. From reading your posts, I searched and found an X-Mark dealer who Ive asked to come look at my property first before recommending a machine. In our conversation hes already recommending the Lazer XP diesel. He said a mid-mount will mow the dams better. I tried a year old Grasshopper gasoline front mount that jerked when slowed to a certain speed. When I tried to go slow down a steep hill the GH started bunny hopping. According to the dealer the previous owner was a doctor who just traded it on a diesel. I was surprised that after only a year, it would have any problems so now Im suspect of its longevity. On the other hand, I tried my girlfriends brand new, mid-mount Grasshopper and it seemed very tight and fast but Im not sure it would do well on my steep pond dams. I had the constant feeling it would tip. It is almost half the price of the Lazer. I spoke to someone today about a Walker. They have this rebate program where I would need to remember to turn in some sort of voucher every six months. If I remember to turn it in for three years, I would get back almost half the initial cost of the machine. I cant even remember to get my license renewed so Id be the first to forget this one and I wont buy based on gimmicks. I saw a Scag Sabre Tooth at a recent lawn show and it looked really sturdy but not as fine as the Grasshopper. It seemed a bit rough looking to methe seat didnt look as comfortable, etc. The Scag dealer is an hour away and wasnt anxious to bring one out here and he didnt have a brochure on the 2002 model. A local JD dealer had the Scag last year and told me it mowed circles around his ZTR Deere. My local feed/hardware store sells the Gravely but all they will do is allow me to drive it in their parking lot. See, Im judging this machine on the slickness of the exterior and thats not what I want to do. I need reliability. I cant easily load this sucker on my truck when its down. I have to beg someone to change a belt on the deck and then silently watch when I know theyre handling it too roughly. Im so ignorant of this and no matter how much I search and look, I dont know the right questions to ask so Im going to stick my neck out here and ask you guys who use them every day, which machine would you feel good about leaving with your mom or your sister--not your wife because youd be there to look at any problems. Please help me decide. This is a major, major expense for me. Im willing to step up to the plate and spend the higher dollars to get something totally reliable. I want it to last and not give me problems and I want to mow those dams with no fear. Mowing is stress relief for me. Thank you again. Linda P. S. I just went through this with a weed eater. I bought the biggest, most expensive Stihl I could find. It was a 120. After 30 minutes, I couldn't lift it. The second year it wouldn't start. I took it back to the dealer who gave me $100 off a new 85.