Well, all you guys raving about exmarks, and dixie choppers, I thought I'd give my opinion on the Hustler. I just purchased a 48 inch WB with the 17 hp Kawi. Before this I had a 36 inch Scag belt drive. I think this Hustler is great! I only have about 5 hours on it, but I have become an big fan. It is very easy to manuever, and making a 180 degree turn is a cinch, the H-bar steering system REALLY works awesome. It took me a little while to figure out the technique to turn without tearing the sod, but with practice you can make perfect turns. Also I had a Jumbo Grass Gobbler attached instead of the cloth Hustler bagger. The Grass Gobbler required some modification of the deck to work right. I also use a Velke brand sulky. The sulky bolted right on and works very well, it can jackknife in reverse if you go too fast, but I have found that you can steer the sulky in reverse if you are careful. Before I made my final decision I tested a Hustler ShortCut 1500 and a Scag 48 inch hydro. I liked the ShortCut but I didn't like the hassle with the bac vac emptying system, and the 25 hp Kohler problems made up my mind for me. I really liked my Scag 36 belt drive, but I thought the Scag 48 hydro was a real junker. I found it hard to maneuver and it seemed to lack the hydro pump power to climb moderate hills. I'm looking forward to putting it through it's paces next season. So I would encourage any of you to check this brand out before you buy.