I look forward to your feedback after you try a mower. The industry is not THAT narrow. Peerless versus Hydro Gear versus Tuff Torque ...if you are starting from scratch you have choices and evaluating cost is certainly part of the equation. There is more than 1 alternative for each component. Each option was evaluated, tested and then selected based upon its merits. If a competitor has an existing legacy design that cannot accomodate the alternatives, they are stuck with a higher cost component until they do a redesign. That is the world all manufacturers find themselves in. The advantage of a clean-sheet design effort is the freedom to evaluate all the options before you get locked in. By the way...GXi's standard drive system test is to drive a mower up a steep hill 30 feet, turn around and drive down the hill 30 feet...and then repeat...24/7...for 800 hours...at about 100F. This is done on a test fixture. No flat perfect lawns here!