I have had an MT52 for three years now and run it almost every day. I have 1200 hrs on the machine and will tell you it is the best investment I have ever made. I can answer any questions you have about it. I will try to summarize: 1) Wheeled Platform - It is annoying at times, especially when trenching. They do make a platform that does not have the wheel and you just stand on. It's not a big deal to take it off when necessary though. 2) Attachment Plate - Bobcat makes one to adapt to the toro attachments, it cost me about $300 a couple years ago. A sidenote, the attachment plate does not adapt to the toro soil cultivator. The angle of the hydraulic attachments and distance to the machine does not work unless you have longer than normal hydraulic hoses. There is only one place I can rent this from and it doesn't work. 3) Power - People will go on and on about which machine has more power, etc., etc. The bottom line is the Mt52 will handle anything you need it to. I can trench 24" deep in red clay and run a 36" auger with it. The machine is properly powered. Also, consider the fuel savings with a smaller enigne. I can run about 6-8 hrs on a 6 gallon tank. 4) Tracks - I get about 400-500hrs out of them. But we do a lot of work on concrete and asphalt as far as picking up soil and gravel. If you mainly work in the soil, you should get 800-1000 hrs out of your tracks. 5) Grease - Keep it greased daily! I like the idea of being able to grease the machine vs. the ones that you cannot. You have control over it. I use to run mowers that had grease points and ones that did not. The mowers with grease points always outlasted the ones that did not as long as you grease them properly. 6) Dealer Support - Incredibly important. My dealer is outstanding and has me back on the jobsite witihin a day. I have only had to take the machine in a couple times, recently for a new wiring harness. But they had me ready the next day. Downtime kills you, so this is huge. Let me know if you have any other questions about the machine.