i want a new hydro walkbehind. Either a toro 44 hydro sfs deck with 17 kaw electric start (dealer less than 5 min away i can walk the machine there if i wanted) or exmark 48 tthp with 17 hsp kaw electric start(dealer close to 30 min away doesnt discount). i have spent close to $4k at the toro dealer and he throws in discounts and such and i should have bought more off him. the exmark dealer i have spen over $2500 at and the biggest discount on an 8000 dollar machine i could get was $200 at the end of the season. Toro is more popular in my area and the exmark dealers prices are high. i know these machines are about $4500 or so but i want a hydro and want to mulch mostly. Is the toro any good for mulching with the sfs deck? Exmark is a good mulcher but for the price i dont believe i could spend almost $5400 on a 48 hydro with a bag and mulch kit. A ztr would be of little use as of now and i have no place to store it. any opinions on the following machines would be appreciated. i have a 2001 lesco 48 gear with a 15hsp kaw twin engine and a new metal catcher (used 2 times) the machine is in perfect condition and has only 26 hours on it. i dont like this machine and want the floating deck and hydro as well as a good cutting machine. What could i expect for a trade in value or resale value of this machine?