Guys, most have probably seen or been following my Ferris 3200Z cut quality thread. I'm slowly working on the wife to see if she will approve the purchase of a new mower. It may not happen, but I want to be prepared if she does. I think I've settled on these two mowers. I'm a homeowner and my yard is 3.5-4 acres. It's a combination of mostly fescue with some weeds mixed in. I mow at 3.25" and don't ever let my yard get overly tall. I mow every 5 to 6 days. My issue with the Ferris is deck packing constantly. The Tiger Cat 2 would be a 61" deck with the 29hp Kohler EFI. There is a really good dealer that is only about 5 miles from my house. They have one in stock and on special for $8999 cash sale. The Deere 950M would also be a 61" deck with the 27hp Kawasaki carb engine. The dealership is a very large one, but they are about 20 miles away. They have the 950M priced at $9200 after rebates such. Both mowers have suspension seats. I've been reading tons of old threads about the Velocity deck versus the 7 iron Pro deck and it seems like the Velocity has a slight edge over 7 Iron, but not by a huge margin. I think I would probably be happy with either deck. I know the 27hp Kawasaki is a "tried and true" engine, no surprises there. I'm not familiar with the Kohler EFI though. My neighbor has a 27hp Kohler on his Grasshopper and it has a ton of hours and has never needed any work. It's just loud. I'm not sure how the new Kohler EFI models are though. Anyway, I would definitely appreciate any advice or recommendations. Thanks! I also rode the Tiger Cat around at the dealer today. Didn’t want to engage the deck on a showroom machine, but I was impressed with the way it rode and handled. They have an incredibly steep hill beside their building. It climbed it without any problem. Stuck to the side of it like a goat. And eased itself straight down without skidding. My Ferris won’t do that. It would pull the hill with ease, it would slip a little going sideways, and it would leave skid marks going straight down. The Scag dealer said they were approached by Ferris when that local ag dealer closed their doors. The gu said the owner loved the Vanguard engines, but decided not to carry the Ferris brand because Ferris wanted them to carry Simplicity and also their smaller models and the owner said he wasn’t interested in trying to sell Simplicity and he wouldn’t sell the cyclonic filter Briggs engines on any machine.