I thought I would put my pro's and con's that I came to of all the ZRT's I demo'd so that others may get some ideas to look for. I demo'd several so I'll break it up into a couple of threads. What I was shopping for was a 25 hp (minimum), 60" cut ZRT that had a reputable and servicing dealer within a reasonable drive (45 minutes or less). Other than that, the door was wide open. Here are my takes on the first three models, a Hustler Super Z, an exMark Lazer Z, and a Toro 557, all with 27 HP Kohler's and 60" decks. Hustler Super Z - this machine ended up being a VERY close second in my choice. Only the few things I listed in the 'negatives' section bumped it to 2nd place. Positives *Incredibly well engineered and built unit. *15 mph transport speed. *Huge pumps and motors. *Hydraulic oil cooler, fan cooled. *Suspension seat - standard equipment on this model Hustler. *Handling was outstanding, as was the stability on hills/ditches. *Warranty *Guarantee against hydraulic leaks on hoses and fittings. *No gauge wheel on left rear corner of the deck to impede close in trimming on tight radius curves. Negatives *Deck is only 5" deep, clumps in heavy, wet grass even at lower speeds than competitive mowers. *Did not cut clover well at all. Possibly due to deck setup but blades were sharpened prior to demo's (I demo'd this unit twice). *Vertical Shaft Motor - not a huge negative but in my view, I like the Horizontal setups better. For me, it was a negative, albeit a small one. *Small wheels at rear of unit limited approach/departure angles on hills. I got the unit stuck crossing one ditch I had crossed with all the other units I demo'd, only because of the the little wheels at the rear of the unit. Overall Impression Loved this machine enormously. Had it done a better job cutting - which I blame solely on the deck design (not the contstruction) - this machine would have been bought at the first demo; I was that impressed with it overall. It just didn't cut as well as I felt it should and had hoped it would on my grass. exMark Lazer Z and Toro Z-Master 557 Both are outstanding units that were very impressive and near mirror images of each other except for the deck. Overall, they did as well or better than all the other units in 99% of the demo but neither cut as well as the Deere units I tested. Positives *Built solidly *Seat was extremely comfortable, even without suspension. *Handled very well on level surfaces *Fuel gauge on left hand tank. *Good view of deck and drive tires. *Loved the adjustable baffle on the Turbo Force Deck. *Very good cut on normal grass and even in clover. Negatives *Both units did not handle heavy, wet grass as well as the Deere 7-Iron deck. *Did not like/want the rollbar and hated having to pay for it. *The gauge wheel on the left rear side of the deck sticks out too close to the trim edge, making it hard to trim narrow radius curves. On the Toro unit, it can be unbolted - on the exMark, it is welded. *High purchase price - did not see additional value for additional monies in my opinion. *No dealer close enough that was willing to deal on price - both units could be bought much cheaper at dealers further away than nearer ones. Both units were at least $1000 cheaper at other dealers than the locals. Overall Impressions Both of these units are top guns in the ZRT lines. They just didn't impress me enough to warrant buying them, all things considered. Had I had a dealer closer that was willing to offer competitive pricing, I would have possibly given them a second demo but I didn't. I'll list my takes on the Grasshopper, Gravely, and Ferris units in my next post. Hope you enjoyed my thoughts. Please don't take my opinions as a slam to your own favorite ZRT because none was meant at all. These are just my impressions of similarly designed mowers placed against each other side-by-side on the same grass. Nothing more, nothing less.