I went to two dealers today looking for walk behind commerical mowers. One is the guy who fixes my equipment, but doesnt actually sell anything besides residential stuff. The other guy is an Encore and Snapper dealer. Both think the Encore is a great machine, very practically built and easy to maintain. Neither have heard of all the problems that I have seen on this forum. In fact they both said that the owner of Encore used to work for Exmark (maybe i misunderstood them), and that the plants in Nebraska are right next to each other. Any truth to this?