Over the past few weeks I have been demoing ZTRs. Here are the models: Scag Tiger Cub 52"/23 HP Kaw Hustler Super Z 60"/25 HP Kaw Exmark Lazer Z 60"/27 HP Koh The Scag was the first mower (and first ZTR that I have driven) that I tried. Out of the three choices, it was my least favorite. I didn't even get a quote from the dealer. The Hustler I really liked. I especially liked how the parking brake was integrated into the control levers when they are in the neutral position. It was very smooth to run, probably because of the large hydro motors. Ride was comfortable due to standard suspension seat. Cut was pretty good, and when cutting fairly thick overgrown grass it handled the clippings well. Dealer quoted me $8640 plus tax. He just started selling Hustler a few months ago, so I imagine this was fairly close to his rock bottom price. Lazer Z was my final demo, and the mower that I chose. Picked it up today and loved every minute that I used it. That thing just cuts beautifully. It kills my Cub Cadet belt-drive WB. The Hustler was a close second, but considering the deal that I got it really was no contest. I had called around this summer and all 3 Exmark dealers near me quoted the same price for the 2003 60" w/27 Kohler...$7675. Even though the price went up $200 for 2004, this is the deal that I got. I got a 2004 model w/ ROPS. Price: $7350 Tax: $441 Stripe Kit: Free (Saved $350) No interest til March, No Payment til April Total price OTD: $7791 Striping Kit was backordered and I probably won't get it until the end of the month. Now I just have to use the last few weeks of the season and practice for next year. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase, and understand why those of you with Exmarks think very highly of the machines.