I don't think you can go wrong with a Walker. Unfortunately mine is a $1500 repo that I patched together but I still like it. The speed is too low but I think they fixed that. The bin is too small but they put bigger bins on. The blower is to small but they put a bigger blower in the units. I mainly use this unit for spraying and some leaf cleanups after we mulch. But every time I go get on that machine I am amazed about how easy it is to drive. No body has built a unit better. The ride is bad because of those small wheels and small foot print. You know how rough our yards can be due to irrigation lines sinking in. I did notice they came out with a better seat so maybe that would help. I was looking a a 48" deck that a guy was selling for $500 but it wouldn't fit my 36" deck carrier. Those deck are probably $2 grand. There was a guy up in north texas that had a pretty nice one on sale on lawn site.