When I bought my first eXmark, I was going to get a 52" walk behind, but my dealer "steered" me towards the 48". The biggest motor I could get on either was a 17HP. At the time it made since to get a smaller deck. Was just wondering how much worse the windrowing would have been with the extra 4" cut. (was planning to get a EZ Striper from York Sheetmetal but the 52" is the smallest deck it will fit on) Thinking about getting a Turf Tracer. BTW, do hydros use less of the engine's HP, compaired to a belt drive?