How are your local dealers for service and parts? If it will need anything, you will want to have a fast turn-around! What is the price difference and what keeps bringing you back to scag? Exmark, Toro, Scag, Bobcat etc are all good machines but I go where the dealer support is!!! Even if I spend 1k more, I enjoy having a dealer that is looking out for me and willing to help if and when I may need it! If your dealer doesn't care and only sees you for your money, Whats the point???