We have always used Ferris but because of less then satisfactory dealer support we decide we where going to start using Exmarks. No wI don't know if it is that Ferris is just so far ahead of the competition that we where spoiled by the machines or what. But we have been using the 48" TTHP since yesterday and can not get the hang of it. The acceleration is in the middle of the hand grips and you have to move it for much like gears. Which we thought the whole reason for buying hydro's was to get away from that. So we are having trouble operating it because if you want to go more then the speed of a snail when you slow down to make a turn it then tries to rip out of your hands and do a wheelie. unless you slow down to nothing to make the turn and squeeze the hell out of the reverse handles or coming to a complete stop re-latching the neutral lock switches or whatever they are called. Shifting down to neutral turning then shifting back up for speed. It just seems like way to much work just to turn. This machine has already gotten away from us a few times and actually dented one of the trucks because of it. this is all at max operating speeds of 3 mph or the number 3 one the gear shifter thing( that should not exist we did not pay belt drive price) So we shouldn't get belt drive ability. Also the cut is less then great. Even though the dealer said that this machine cuts better then the Ferris's. But so far it has not. I think it might just be cutting bad by the crappy blades that it comes with. But why give it crappy blades when it cost more then the other comparable or should I say better machines. Sorry such a long post. So our question is this. are all of the other machines like this other then Ferris?Does any other machines out there have a good drive system like Ferris? Or is it just an Exmark problem? Also if you have had this problem as well? Did you return the machine? How hard or easy was it to return? All replies greatly appreciated!