Just looking around on the John Deere site since the deck get so much praise. The 797 base model has the following suggested price: 797 Commercial L.C.-D.F.I. Max-Frame Z-TRAK with 72 In. 7-Iron II Deck $13,579.00 Put a suspension seat and add tax and that's a lot of money(Probably over 15k) I know Hustler, Exmark and several other brands can be bought for much less than suggested retail but I figure John Deere has pricing set fairly firm. Needless to say I wouldn't even consider that amount. I paid $8000 for the Hustler super Z with a 27hp/60" air cooled Kohler and in the mid 8's for the 27/60 Exmark Lazer. What are some actual prices you guys are paying for the 777 or 797. Are the Hydraulics, pumps, motors up to the standards of Scag, Exmark, etc, etc,. I think you even have to get a suspension kit with the JD since they don't offer a full suspensions seat. What are your thoughts. Sounds like you could get and Exmark or Scag for less even with the liquid cooled engine. Or am I way off here. Just asking since I've had no dealing with JD. I'm not in the market this year but maybe next. Basic question I guess is are JD's just more expensive to buy compared to other brands?