I have gone through 7 different brands of ZTR's over the last 10 years. Grasshopper is the best ZTR I have owned. I have had four total, and currently own 3 Grashopper midmount ZTR's. I had a 721D with over 3000hrs on it. Currently I have a 321D/61", 225/61", and a 428D/72". I mow some really tough, challenging properties with these mowers, and they perform great with no problems. I have been to the factory, and the quality control there is top notch.They have computers and robotics all over the plant. Can someone get a bad one? Sure, every manufacturer has a problem now and then. That is when your dealer should come to the rescue and get with the factory for warranty issues.
I highly recommend the Grasshoppers. I may get one of their new flip-up deck, front mounts. They take up no more room on the trailer than a midmount, and the flip-up deck really makes blade changes easy.
We had a 725K/48" that we got rid of last year with over 2000 hours on it. We bought a new 321D/61" and we've been very pleased with it. We've had a few minor bugs to work out but we have a great dealer and got everything taken care of.
I'm sold on the diesel. The torque's amazing and they will far outlast a gas. They also sip fuel and you can run off-road diesel which is quite a bit cheaper than gas.
I also have (2) Grasshopper 725's and I'm planning on buying another this spring. Besides just cutting grass, my mower has the 60" plow and the 48" snowthrower. Do a search on this forum using the word "Grasshopper" and you'll find lots of info.
:blob3: i recieved a price of $10,700 for the grasshopper 428D with the 61" deck, and $13,300 for the exmark with the 61" deck. ill be purchasing a greasshopper in march. i demoed the kubota gas last fall and really liked it, im just gonna get the diesel. tony