Hello, I am getting ready to buy my first ztr and need some help deciding. i had pretty much decided to get t 53" Exmark lazer Z CT. i drove by the JD dealership today and decided I would take a peek. They had a 727 (54 ", 23hp Kawasaki) for 6500. I still think I can do better on that price. He also had a 717 (48 ", 19 hp Kawasaki) The exmark is going to be 6100 with armrests. I have been looking at JD brochure comparing it to Exmark and I am pretty impressed. The JD has larger tires, heavier deck, (7 ga stamped steel) Weighs about 10 percent more, hold more fuel, and has higher ground speed. Please let me know what you thinkabout the stamped steel deck and quality in general on both. I am familiar with tractors and know that JD makes a good product but I am not familiar with the mowers. I am sure that the salesman will call this week and I am going to offer 6000 for the 727 and see what happens. Do the prices on any of these units sound fair?