Just wanted to say this site rocks and that I have learned a lot just reading in here. I have been in search of a mower ever since my old 1976 Cub Cudet 1250 Hydrostat went out on me. It has served a great life with it's 50 inch deck. From what I have read in here and demo's I have went with the 48 Lazer Z HP with the 21 Kawasaki. The dealer I went with here in NC deals in both the Exmark and Gravely. They wanted to put me on the PM148Z something fierce. I have to admit it is a nice machine with the hydraulic deck but I didn't go with it because it is still new and unproven so to speak. Anyway thanks for all the help. I now can mow my little 1.5 acre yard in record time and have more time with the family and a mower that might just outlast me.