Yup, I came home and he told me that he had just got off the phone with his favourite Hitachi salesperson and he had just given the go-ahead on a new Hitachi ZX75US with 2 buckets and a thumb for the amazing price of $95,000 with taxes. Cat wanted $108,000 (308DCR) New Holland $91,800 (SR70) and Komatsu wanted $96,000 (PC75US) but they had narrow tracks (rubber on steel) and there was no 24" wide pad option, and they had a very high finance rate, over 6%. Delivery is less than 2 weeks. It should look damn nice next to the ZX27 we already have. Dad and I are both bouncing like a kids on Christmas morning, my mom is beside herself with grief. YEE-HAW!!!!!