If deck welding is an indication, and I believe that it is, of overall quality Kubota has issues. Three different decks with the same horrible welds, crooked, bulging and slag boogers-to say it was amateurish is being very, very kind. What I did not realize is just how heavy the Kubota machines are: the smallest gas without deck, fuel, oil almost 1100lbs, the bigger diesels pushing 1600 DRY without the typical well nourished operator (at least in my instance) I cannot imagine over one ton running around. Fit and finish is nice but Kubota still uses way way too many bolts on the hydro covers, not as many as the tractors (G series) but far too many. Have not dismissed the brand but I can say that it would be the small gasser with the stamped deck-I really couldn't deal with the sloppy workmanship on the 'pro' decks. Imagine what the stuff you are not able to see is like. One dealer proudly stated that every mower he has is and has been inside since received----- Darn that 0% for five years, they are clever, very clever.