I just bought a new Ferris IS 500z. it's a 52", and a compact frame. I looked at every mower on the planet. I'm in love with it. For the price and hours on a IS3000, I would not jump, I would LEAP ON THAT DEAL. I paid more than twice that for a smaller ferris. Although mine is new, 1,000 hours would not bother me on that mower.