Spartan is a great mower. I was on the fence between spartan srt-hd and John Deere z950m. I went with the experience that John Deere delivers. I thank we will see this company grow. Get on there site and read the story of Robert foster, owner of spartan. Also I wouldn’t by into the” they ended on bad terms” deal. Anyway I think that spartan will work out the bugs before long. Also someone said about bad cut quality of the Spartans. I’ve heard this about every mower company in the industry. From what I’ve seen the cut quality is as good as any. After my Deere is paid off I’m going to get a spartan, and no I’m not trading in the Deere.if you like the spartan I say go for it.