Local dealer has has a dual hydro Gravely fixed deck with about 70 hours on it, looks to be in good condition. 48" deck, 15 hp Kawasaki, pull start. I'm not sure of the year; I'm guessing '05 or '06. He said it was owned by a local guy with a 3 acre yard. If I allow for even 2 hours per cut, that is 35 cuts, so the thing has to be at least one season old (and the previous owner had a sulky, so he may have been even quicker than that). It looks to be in good shape. He fired it up right in the showroom. It smoked briefly right on startup (too much choke?), but cleared right up after a few seconds and purred. The tag on the mower said $3500 bucks; he said he'd take $3k for it. Actually, he said $3k when he was telling me about the mower, before we'd made our way across the showroom to see it. I think he had forgotten what the actual number was, because he seemed a little surprised when he saw the $3500 on it. I'm a little apprehensive about shelling out even $3k for a used mower, though with only 70 hours it ought to be just breaking in, unless it's got some warranty left... In my search on the board here, it seems like this mower is pretty well regarded. I'm a little worried about the idea of a fixed deck that wide (though my current yard is pretty flat and should not be a problem). Also, is the 15 hp Kawi enough to spin those blades and push 600+ lbs. of mower (possibly while pulling me)? Anyone know the blade tip speed on the Gravely walk behinds? What about the casters and spindles? The 2007 brochure I picked up talks about the XL spindles that don't require greasing or replacement for 2 years (of commercial use). Are these good spindles? Or should I stick to something that will let me (require me) grease them? Maybe that is just extra maint. I don't need, and the XLs would last 15 years of homeowner use... Is $3K a fair price? I was thinking of seeing if he'd take $2500 or so (partially would depend on what year it is and how much, if any, of the warranty is left)...For those of you who have traded equipment in before, how much markup is typical in trade-ins? Did he give the previous guy $2k for this thing, so he's still got a lot of profit in it at $2500? Or are trade-in values higher than that, typically? This would be for homeowner use only, on less than an acre (for now at least). For that kind of money (or less), it is tempting to just get a good homeowner level ZTR or tractor (since I am, after all, a homeowner) and call it a day. But it would be kinda neat to have a beefy piece of equipment like this to use.