Banjoman, I know this is more than what you were origonally were wanting to spend, but with it being new, at a great price, and with a warranty, it may still be what your pocket book is needing in the long run.
I can get the 36" with a honda as well as kohler and Kawasaki. The cheapest would be with the Honda.
If you would like some more info on this mower and it's available options feel free to give me a call.
Also, freight would only be $50 to your door with this.
1-800-222-4303 ext. 124