Paul Mullet president of Excel/Hustler emailed me asking me to try out the Hustler Super Z and give my opinion on their new mower, since they were going to have it in my area today. Lonnie Hamm brought it out to the job and we tested it out. It seems very well built and they have some nice features on this machine. The new brake system is nicely designed, when you put the levers in neutral and swing them out and the brakes are applied. This feature is nice so employees don't start mowing with the emergency brake on. Duh, I backed mine off the trailer today before I realized mine was on. I'll get used to mine again. The engine to the deck belt layout is different than I have seen. The one belt goes from the engine to all the spindles instead of a belt to the center spindle that usually runs another belt that runs to each of the other 2 outside spindles. I also liked the idea of being able to change that belt without any tools. The engine is positioned so oil changes would be easy and it has 12 gallons of gas on board, which is nice. All the controls were very accessible from the operators seat. The foot deck lift with spring assist worked very nice, adjustable in 1/4" increments by moving a pin for the stop. The seat was very comfortable and I'm fussy about seats. The ride was very good and the cut was also nice. They have a blade tip speed of 18,300 ft per min which is around the maximum limit. I think you have a winner Paul. The only thing I don't know about it the longevity, but with the parts you used to build it, I'd say it would be right up there with the best of them.