I was able to demo a Ferris IS2500Z with the 24HP Yanmar a few days ago and liked it so well I ended up buying it. It is truly a cutting machine that will plow through Bahia grass like nothing I have seen before. My Grasshopper cuts Bahia with the best of them, but I can't run it full speed ahead like I can this Ferris and not leave any stringers. Overall I am super impressed with the speed of cutting and the cut quality. I like the way the deck floats and is able to maintain the excellent cut quality that it does. The suspension does make this a super nice ride, but not without some modifications to the seat. I felt like I was leaning back on a bar going across the top of my back... VERY uncomfortable. The seat is tilted too forward. I am not sure what Ferris was thinking on this standard seat, but it has to be the absolute WORST seat I have ever sat in. I noticed it on the demo, but knew that I could fix it after looking over the seat. It was simple enough to add padding to it to give it more lumbar support and keep the top ridge from feeling like a bar. I also took the two dome washers on the back mount and moved them to the front to give it more tilt backwards, but not too far to interfere with the cooling. It seems Ferris went to great lengths to make the best suspension available, but dropped the ball on the seat. Supposedly the upgraded seat is better, but the cost is outrageous. Once the seat is fixed, it is a real winner for ride comfort. HOWEVER... the location of the deck lift pedal could cause another comfort issue over time. It is right in the way of my right leg when mowing. It sticks out like Pinocchio's nose . I haven't figured out a solution for this yet, other than to keep my right leg a little out of normal position to avoid it. I think if the pedal was centered on the arm it would be perfect. It may be possible to move it to the outside, but that might be too far over. Maybe I can get someone to weld it to the center. One other minor thing is the handle/lever bar size is small. I like the larger/thicker handles on my GH. I am hoping for respectable fuel mileage after a break-in period. After 3.1 hours I am using 1.3 gallons per hour, which is slightly worse than the 29HP Kubota gas engine on my GH. I am certainly hoping it is only a matter of getting some hours on it. What's the deal with the OEM blades? $65 for a set of 3? Seriously? I suppose there is no such thing as a perfect mower and this one is certainly not without a few issues, despite my expressions of it being a fabulous mower. It's the perfect mower with the exception of.... it's a great mower, BUT... let's just say on a scale of 1 to 10, it's gotta be at least an 8 possibly a 9, but could be a perfect 10 with a few fixes.