Huh, I havent seen the encore priced the same as the ferris, they seem to be quite a bit lower, did they 'fix' the pricing back recently?
Encore makes a REALLY good walk behind, almost no one makes this walk behind anymore, because they have all moved on the bigger better more complex.
This industry was founded on the back of the 36-48" fixed deck walk behind mower. There is truly nothing else needed in a walk behind mower.
It's basic, it will work for years and wear like iron.