I am trying to decided on my first 60in. ZTR, went down to my local Exmark dealer and was impressed. The salesman really knew his stuff, answered all of my questions, and went over the machine with me front to back, told me how he carried over $80 K in parts and 2 full time mechanics and 1 part time. He also said he totaly understands how important down time is , and does his best to get repairs done quickly and offers loaner ZTR's when in a real pinch. Basically everthing you want hear. He told me his most popular lazer was the Liquid Cool 27hp Kawa.at a price of $10,399.00 He then gave me a price on the Lazer XS 31hp Briggs& Stratton which has bigger Parker /Ross fan cooled wheel motors, A stronger frame than the L/C (same frame in the Deisel model) and it comes with the Delux full suspension seat, this model is $10,499. The L/C mows 6 acres per hour @10 mph The XS mows 7acer per hour @12 mph What is wrong with this picture?? Why does $100 get you so much more? I told him that over the years I have owned many Kawa's and was over all happy with them, I cant say that about Briggs, he told be that the 31 hp is made by daihatsu, I looked and yes it did say made in Japan. It seems like a scam. What do you think?