I can now see why my salesman is so jazzed about ASV's new SR-80. I was able to give it a test run at the dealership. Even though I'm not in the market for a new machine since I've been focusing on winding the school year down and I don't know how much more dirt work I have in me once i get married to my fiance. Teaching math, getting married, and landscaping might be a bit too much. Here are my thoughts: 1. The machine is amazingly smooth. I've operated the CAT 277 and the SR80 is much, much smoother with the new suspension. 2. The traction is unbelievable with the 20" tracks and suspension. It is a real production machine in terms of pushing material, digging, and transporting the dirt to the truck. The low gear is 7mph and the highspeed really cooks. Even with a load in the bucket. 3. This machine had a full cab and it is a very quiet ride. 4. There is no hand throttle. The foot throttle acts as the throttle, accelerator, and decelerator all in one. I was skeptical, but it is extremely functional. 5. I tried the variable flow on a Mp bucket and the operations is very smooth. 6. I also liked the self-leveling feature. It will keep the load level on the way up and on the way down. 7. I think that ASV might have made a huge advance in the undercarriage with the way the wheels are set up. The hubs that hold the bearings are sealed with metal face seals and if you need to replace the wheel you only have to replace the rubber and not the whole wheel. 8. The undercarriage is very wide open and will be easy to clean out. 9. It is the nicest cab in a skid steer size machine. The difference between my RC50 and the SR80 is immense. The fit and finish is great and the A/C is very cold. The cab is also virtually dust free due to the positive pressure that the fan provides. The things I didn't like: 1. The cab might be tight for operators pushing 275-300. There is good leg room, but the split lap bar can only be adjusted away from the belly a little bit. Operators under 275 should fit just fine. 2. The 2" receiver is recessed a little too far back under the rear of the machine. I use mine quite a bit on my RC50 and I would need a longer bar on the SR80. 3. The machne is tall. it's still shorter than the Takeuchi, but you do notice the height. Overall I thnk that it is a very good machine. The best that ASV has built. It kind of makes me miss selling equipment again, however, not enought to quit my day job.