I am considering a 19 hp 48" Tiger cub, 2006 with a velocity deck. I am also considering a 2005 exmark 20hp 48 Lazer HP with the trivantage deck. From reading the posts on Lawnsite.com, I now have concerns about both of these models. I was originally intent on the exmark until I read the concerns about how difficult it is to do routine maintenance on the Lazer HP because of not being able to access components very easily. Everyone seems to agree on the Exmark giving an excellent cut though. So, then I considered a 2006 19hp 48" Tiger Cub. Everyone sweems to agree it is well built with a well thought-out design. However, there seems to be concern with the quality of cut with the new velocity deck. Some posters refer to Scag as a "has been" company with inferior cutting decks. Needless to say, the posts I have read have filled me with doubt. I realize some people make comments only because of negative bias towards anything except the brand they own. However, I also realize the people on this forum are very knowlegable due to extensive commercial experience with these machines. So, Does anyone have any opinions as to which of these two mowers is the better choice? They both seem to have some trade-offs. Scag: Inferior cut with velocity deck. Exmark: Difficult to do routine maintenace due to poor engineering. As far as dealers go, both have fairly equal representation in my area. I can get the Tiger Cub for about $300 less though (not a significant difference). Any comments to help ease my concerns? I realize the ultimate decision is my own, but, I highly regard the opinions from those on this forum due to the experience of the members. Thanks guys for your comments. I feel you are helping me make an informed decision rather than a costly mistake.