I will be buying a 36" WB next year and was wondering what you guys think. I have used my dads friend's 48" Viking before and loved it. The main reason why I ask this question is because of the major price difference between the two. I am going to go take a look at a belt my dealer has next week and see if he would let me demo it. I am really leaning toward the hydro since it will be my main mower until I turn 18. (I will then be purchasing a 48" WB & 52" ZTR) I was alos wondering what you guys think of floating deck vs. fixed deck for this size mower. My dad only has used belts and fixed decks so he can't answer this otherwise I wouldn't be posting. He is also leaning towards the hydro to because of all the good he has heard. My main problem is with the price, I can easily afford it but just that extra $2K is it worth it? BTW If you guys need info on what type/size yards I mow to help you understand more let me know.