I see quite a few people in here bashing Encore, why? What is wrong with the machine outside of not being an Exmark, Toro, or Scag? I have never seen anyone with a specific reason to bash Encore, it's a "just because" thing. It's funny the way some of y'all will trash a company, or machine, for no appear ant reason - if it doesn't cost the most than it must not be any good is the mentality behind many posts. I currently own an Encore Z42, and have been looking at the new Extreme 60. I did not have single problem with the Z42 this past year, and would call it my most reliable piece of equipment - not one break down, or issue. To spend an additional 4 - 5 thousand for a Scag, or Exmark seems almost ridiculous - anyones opinions, comments, or experience with the Extreme series is much appreciated.