Okay guys, I know, I know. Read the old threads on the subject, but they don't exist, so here goes. Two great mowers, a huge difference in price, but both seem like great prices individually for the mower. Problem is, I just don't have enough for the Exmark, and would have to borrow almost $2000. Should I suck it up and borrow for more mower, or would I be fine with the smaller engine? Heres the whole situation: I am going from part time (with a 36 metro) to full time (with some sort of Z) this year. Most of the lawns are big enough, and I will be buying a 60". One dealer has got a Landpride (built buy Hustler) 60" with a 23 Kawi for $6500. Its leftover from last year, but still in the crate (0.0 Hours.) The other dealer has a leftover 27 Liquid Cooled Kawi Exmark 60", and will throw on the deck lift assist for $8300. Its got 0.8 hours on it. Thats an $1800 difference. I know the Exmark is much more of a mower, and will last longer being L/C, but will it last long enough to justify the price difference? Will I be that much more productive? I am trying to consider all pros/cons of each, please post if you think of some that I didn't. The Hustler does not have deck lift assist, and the bagger will be $200 more when I do buy it (not until fall). I am sure a decklift is available for the Landpride/Hustler, but will be more added on to the price. Both dealers seem about equal for service/parts, and the Landpride dealer is about 20 minutes closer. What else am I missing here guys? And please vote on which one you would buy for the money, remembering that I will have to borrow $2000 to buy the eXmark, and that its only my 3rd year in business. Thanks a million guys and girls!