I have a history of making one decision, to save money or whatever, and then regretting the decision later. Therefore, ever though I really like the Ferris, Im looking at all the top mowers just to be sure. My personal priorities, in order of importance, are: 1) ride, 2) brand reputation, 3) cost. Notice that cut quality is missing. Thats because I assume cut quality is part of the brands reputation. Im not an expert so I wouldnt recognize a great cut from a good one. However, you guys do, so thats part of the brands reputation here. Same, to some degree, with overall dealer support (all the brands Im looking at have a local dealer). So far, I have the follow observations: - Ferris, 60 Fab Deck, 27HP Kohler - $8600. Love the ride but its expensive. - Exmark, 60 Fab Deck, 23HP Kohler - $7340. Love the reputation but think I need more HP. Suspect the ride is much worse than the Ferris on my property. Didn't get a price on the 27HP but suspect it is closer to $8500. - Toro, 60 Fab Deck, 23 HP Kohler - $7200. Basically, the same as the Laser but with a new deck design. Going to demo on my property (dealer wouldnt allow Laser demo). For the difference, I would just get the Laser. - Cub Tank, 60 Fab Deck, 27HP Kohler - $7500. This thing really is built like a tank. Grease fittings everywhere. Cast Iron pulleys and deck support. Looks too heavy to me but is impressive to look at. - Kubota ZD21, 60 stamped deck, 21HP Kubota Diesel, - $8700 ($9400 w/ Fab Deck). I love Kubota diesels. I think the suspension seat may give a decent ride. But, even though diesels have more torque, I wonder if a 21HP diesel is enough for my needs. I sometimes let my grass go a bit (sorry). Of these options, I like the Ferris and Kubota the best, although they are the most expensive. I have a friend with the Ferris and Im going over tonight to mow his lawn for him. I dont think the Kubota dealer will allow me to demo a unit (closest dealer is a jerk). I would love to try the Kubota to see how it rides compared to the Ferris and see if 21HP is enough. Thoughts or advice on these mowers?