This is weird, I know, but..please bear with me. I've owned nothing but Deere equipment all my life - started out in New Jersery when I was 19 years old, and has continued all my adult life. I've been in and out of the mowing business during these past 30 years, but have always had at least one piece of Green equipment with me. Over the years, I have been both ridiculed, and congratulated for having Deere equipment. And, my history over the last 30 years with Deere has been just great. Even my wife can only see green.... Onward to the last couple months..... My one and only Deere dealer, just changed hands. It was actually a forced buyout by a "mega-dealer" - long story....this seems to be the way Deere is staying in the market, or to be a market leader. In the past, for example, if I broke down, with a piece of equipment even out or warranty, if my dealer couldn't get me fixed up withing a couple hours, they would give me another piece of equipment so I could keep on going. I don't care what color the equipment is - the dealer support means everything, and in my history, it has been my Deere dealer. Everything I own, down to blowers and trimmers, is Deere for this reason. Now, the "mega-dealer" takes over...... Who turning out to be my friend over the years, the sales manager, has now left.....and of course I asked him "why"....he said the new company will not let him do business like he has for the past 20 years. If you break down, even with a piece of equipment under warranty, the will not offer me something to keep me going. They are into the volume sales only..... It's only been about 1 month since the takeover, but I needed to go in and give a "test" for myself. I used to get a 15% discount on parts (yes, I have some older Deere equipment).....list price...period! I live in a very rural area - for commercial mowing equipment, this dealer is the only one close enough - even at 20 miles away. I'm scared now. The next closest dealer, has Gravely - and I like the machines. But, they are ~60 miles away. Stopped in today - for the first time - got the feeling of service from them that I had over the last 20 years...... What did Deere do to me...the little solo operator..... Geeze, I've spent probably 50K with Deere over my years, and, I know, not as big as some, but........ Any comments..?