Well I tried out the Lastec articulator today at EXPO and I got to say it was the best mower I have ever seen or tried. It was amazing on hills, smooth to operate, and built extremely well. I also thought that the option of using foot petals if you were taking a drink of water or something was a great idea. So I just wanted to say that it is a very well made and designed quality mower. You can bet that the 61" will be the next mower I'll get. Thanks for the nice hat too!