Thats what I hear from my landscape buddies. My Brother in law has a Freedom Z that I mowed his lawn with last year while he was deployed for 6 months and I fell in love with it. Just waiting for the Cub Cadet to finally shit the bed before I drop $6gs on a mower lol.Been in the landscape biz 30+ years...Was exclusively SCAG for 20+ of those years (16 units) Had a few Lesco's (Scag knockoff) here n there too...Never once did any of those scags have to be taken back to a dealer for work...Sure...Eventually parts wearout like blade clutches and gearbox trannys that I did all the R&R on myself. I bought the Gravely's from a local dealer who was just starting out, because scag was really getting pricey and I would have had to drive to my old dealer in Illinois for a better deal than the local scag dealer...Live n Learn...Althought I still have 1 Scag SW-48" walkbehind that is 24 years old and still runs good with the ORIGINAL motor...Sooo if your in the market for a new unit...Spend the extra money on the Scag would be my suggestion...
Thats funny , my 22HP Kawi is a gas hog as well . But it runs like a top.Same for my 2003 husqvarna lawn tractor that has a 17 hp kawasaki twin... it has nearly 400 hrs also...but boy does that sucker eat gas. I can run my other 16 hp kohler iron duke powered garden tractor thats nearly 50 years old with a zillion more hours far longer before refilling plus it hold less fuel.