I am not sure of the year, but looks about 10+ years old. I have an identical metro HP 36 that runs great, i just decided that i want to get me a 48" for my bigger yards. will the bigger deck really make that much of a difference on my time to be worth it? this mower is a dual hydro, comes with a velke. he was asking 1500 but he will take 1200. i may get it tomorrow. a dual hydro sounds nice, but does this seem like a good deal? i attached pics. I guess i'm curious to what the fuss is about a hydro mower too! i'm mostly used belt driven, plus a single hydro i had for a little bit (quick 36).