Hey John, maybe, but I'm not worried about the deck, I started this as general about the whole machine, they are making rear discharge decks for these over here, which is where my interest is. When checking specs, I'm pretty impressed, these are very well built, tough machines, not cheap junk, love the light weight, for a diesel! The deck, yeah that design is old, every diesel manufacturer has put these on, not an overly great deck, that's why here they throw em and put good purpose built decks on. Will be looking at these closely next weekend and the new 997 j.d, and booking demos from there. Wish those pics were better on the iseki site! I have the brochure, nice! It does look like a close relation to kubota....probably come from same factory, different engine, more plastic, different paint, there ya go! Actually, the Kubota, do they use tin or plastic on their body?