I just bought a Gravely ZT HD 52 a few weeks ago. The dealer's location and his reputation played a very heavy part in my decision. Dealer satisfaction ratings of product quality, service, parts availability, tech support, etc. are about the same with Gravely, eXmark, Ferris, Toro, and Scag. Grasshopper is out in front of all of them. I couldn't afford a Grasshopper and there were no decently close Scag or Ferris dealers. As Opie stated, measure your narrow spaces and don't buy one that won't fit between them. And as Alleyyooper stated about the eXmark, Gravely has models to fit various budgets. All of the manufacturers mentioned in this thread thus far make some nice machines. It really boils down to the quality of service you have available locally. I had Gravely, Dixie Chopper, eXmark, Toro, Husqvarna, and Bad Boy within 25 miles and got the best machine I could afford from the best dealer (IMHO of course). I wouldn't want to drive 100 miles one way for a specific mower and have to waste multiple days for warranty work or have to order online and wait for a simple replacement part that is keeping the mower out of service.