finally broke down and bought one last month (Exmark 30") and we love it, in fact we plan on getting another one soon. It has definitely sped things up, good cut even in the rain for the most part. very happy overall. The only thing I have noticed that I wish they would change is that the engine does seem just slightly underpowered. also wish it left a better stripe, other than those two things it is a great mower...so far.