Last night i got a 2004 TTHP 48" from a lawn site member and today i was comparing it to my 1999 Ferris 48". Looking at the exmarks controls i can see Ferris did their homework early. The Ferris is pistol grip but has a nice feature to put it in neutral with a foot pedal while Exmark has neutral locks on the ECS. The exmark has better safety features tho. Took some getting used to but now like it. The Ferris is a heavy tank but gives a very solid feel and i like the feed back it gives. I can tell how the ground is before going into a ditch, etc. The Ferris is a fixed deck tho... The 14hp Kawi on the Ferris is loud but has good power and always starts with one pull. The V twin 17 on the Exmark is quiet, smooth and feels like a gentle beast! The hydros are where i feel Exmark has done an outstanding job in. The controls are so smooth it's fun to turn around. The Ferris is a bit harsh and choppy. You can easily rip the turf with the Ferris on a turn. I will be drilling holes in the Exmark tonight to fit my Velke and can't wait to get this thing at full speed. I haven't cut with it yet so i can't comment on the cut yet. I know it's going to be outstanding but I want to see it first hand. Just wanted to say how happy I am with the purchase so far. thanks Exmark.