The extra weight is welcomed by me for hills. Hills and extra weight where you need it are your best friends!
They likely over produced. This economy has forced many (including myself), to patch and nurse older equipment. In the past, I'd be 2 years into a new mower already! I'm closing up it's 6th season. Next year will break my record for keeping a mower 7 years.
2004 GMC 2500HD Reg Cab BOSS 9.2 V-Plow
2013 eXmark LazerZ X-Series 60" 34hp EFI (RED) Kohler
2006 Hustler SuperZ 28EFI 60" Power Chute Design OCDC SOLD!
1996 48" SCAG Belt WB 14hp Kawasaki Classic Deck
Echo 2 strokes PB-755 & SRM 280
Eastman WM20H 20" Commercial Push mower (NEW for 2013)
Commercial Lawnboy trim mower 3-FOR SALE!http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=424203
Solo since 1980