Hello, First I'd like to say I know there is a lot of threads somewhat comparing models listed but Id like some insight on these models specific.. I will say that I currently run Exmark Lazer Z 60" (2013 model) and really don't have a complainant except I wish it had a little more power (23.5 Kol.) So in the near future (6 months or so) I'm looking to purchase a new mower. I have great choices where I live because Exmark, toro, farris, John deere, Scag, Hustler and Kubota are all with in 30 minutes of me. I think I've narrowed it down to two models (three engines) but kinda stuck on which one to get. Until now I really haven't done commercial and come next spring I'm going full steam ahead with it. I'm also going to purchase a bagger system with it. I've spoken with several people because I was going to get a 52'' for back yards BUT something was brought to light. If the back yard is a single gate (4ft) then I wouldn't be able to fit even if I had a 52" so why not go with the 60 or 61'' since its about the same price. I polled my neighbor hood and out of about 300 houses 3-4 said they only had a single gate. So after doing some checking here's what I've been quoted over the phone: John Deere 60'' MSRP $12,219.00/ Sale $11,350 with: 31hp Kaw. Carb Full suspension seat $788.59 Twill rear wheels $660.00 Out the door price with $400.00 discount=$10,950.00 Bagger Quick attach- 14 bushel dump from seat $3,500 Total=$14,450 Scag 61'' Cheetah 31hp Kaw. Out the door $10,500 With Briggs BB EFI 37hp Out the door $11,100 Bagger 12 Bushel (3 fabric bags) $2,799.00 Bagger 16 Bushel clam shell $ 2,999.00 If I go scag I'd probably go with the vanguard and clam shell bagger because I'd rather have to much engine than not enough. Total=$14,100 I'm sure if I took the break down to John deere they would meet that scag price BUT the scag is with the 37hp EFI Vanguard. Now the point of the post list some pros and cons maybe between the two. I'm 6'3ish and 260ish and I've read most taller people don't like the plat form on the cheetah. Scag is not big in Arkansas (4 Dealers across the state) but of course being the south John deere is HUGE. I don't want to buy a mower because all a person has had/knows is John deere or any other brand. On the dealer support side I think they would be about the same BUT in the same sentence I'd say John deere is probably a little better by lloking at online reviews. The scag dealer is also a Lawn care company that runs 6 crews so most of their reviews are about their mowing services. Sorry for the long post thanks in advance!!