I have owned two of the three models. Exmark and Scag. Local Hustler dealer isn't very reputable here. That said I would get the Exmark. The ECS on the Exmark is easy to use and very easy on your hands. The pistols on the Scag are a proven design but can get to the hands after awhile. I would buy either one but the Exmark would be my choice if they were side by side at the same price.