Alright, I'm new to the site but have been lurking for a bit. So much awesome info. I just purchased a house with 5 acres. A lot of natural growth, but I will still have about 3 acres to mow. My question revolves around dealer/service selection as I have already done a ton of research on several units (although if you have suggestions 8k and under, I will take that as well). Closest dealer is about 2 miles away but only deals JD/Exmark. I'm really interested in Scag, but closest shop is 35 minutes away. Ferris is about 20. How much weight do you put into a close shop? I have dealt with the JD place before and they actually came out to my place to work on my rider a year or two back. So I know they are solid....Just wondering if anyone favors a solid dealer over going out farther for the brand you want.