I talked with a lady after church last night at Wendy's where people gather to talk and eat after Sunday night service. I new she had her own full service lawn maintenance business (she is sharp as a tack) which seems like forever. She runs Scag's, Hustler Super Z's and Exmark walk behinds and told me she had a Scag TT that the engine finally died this year. She said the mower was twelve years old and the hour meter was correct with the number being in the thousands. She said she wanted to talk with me about some other things and would call me with the exact numbers on the TT. This is the exact statement she made; "I like my Hustlers but I love my Scags", I said OK tell me why? She said, " the Scag will hold the steep areas better than a Hustler, the Hustler gives me a satisfactory cut at 3.5" where I cut most of the time but the Scag will give a better cut in all around conditions. The Hustler blades have to be sharpened about every two days to give a cut that satisfies myself and the high end properties I maintain in Charlotte, the Scag will go longer between sharpening which adds up to time savings". The only drawback with the Scag is their bagging system which is terrible and there are several properties I have to bag. The Hustler bagging system is wonderful, we just back up to a trailer and never leave the driver seat, raise up, dump and we are on our way, I love it. The Scag will stripe better than the Hustler but it is also heavier. I can utilize the speed of the Hustler's a certain amount of time and really like it. I talked with her about the Hustler handles breaking away from the steering levers themselves and she said her company had put thousands of hours on Hustler's and never even thought about a steering lever handle breaking. She ask me if I thought the person saying this was telling me the truth and I said "he was telling the truth, no one could make that up". The scenario of this whole post comes down to a lady who has been in the business virtually as long as anybody that contributes information to this forum, saying if she could only own one brand of mower it would be a Scag hands down. She knows how much I personally mow a week and I said to her, I cut lower than commercial people can at 2.75" and put on newly sharpened blades around 40 hrs. I told her I was able to use the extra speed a great deal of the time and I loved it because it was so much more productive than other mowers would be in my situation.