First off I will confess that I work at an outdoor power equipment dealership. I have posted on Lawnsite a few times but mostly I just check out the site to see what you guys are thinking. I just wanted to make 1 point to you guys, and this is just my opinions. I am just the service manager at the shop, Im not a pushy salesmen so hopefully you will listen. The most important thing to you guys is your servicing dealer! Many of you wonder what the best mower is for you, I think that the best mower for you is the mower that you can get the best service on. All mowers will break down at one time or another, no one can disagree on this. So say you have an Exmark and it breaks down and the dealer is a week behind. How much money will you loose during that week? Or look at it the other way, you have a Gravely that breaks down and the dealer will drop everything for you when you come in? It doesnt really matter what mower is better, its all about what mower you can keep in service. Price should not be an issue either! I see a lot of threads in here complaning about Low Ballers, well, the OPE shop has the same competition with low ballers. I have found that in a business there are three key parts. Product, Service and Price. And no business can offer all 3. Either you get a good product for a good price but get crappy service or you get a good product at list price with great service. All Im trying to say is that the key to finding the right equipment is finding the dealer that will give you the best service. You may pay more up front but overall you will save money with less down time.