Today I checked with my dealer as to the monthly payments on the new 26 hp efi with 48" deck.(largest property 2 acres...I know...it isn't a 700 inch deck!) I was figuring on getting the old $500.00 per month payment speech. I really haven't had much luck talking financing with them. They are a John Deere dealer and also a Walker dealer. Come to find out a 26 hp payment comes to 212.00 per month for 48 months. Now, I know the price is still 10,000. They want 1800 downpayment, and I think that is actually a pretty reasonable payment considering the machine and the income produced, the quality of cut, and the lack of operator fatigue. On a side not this dealer is great. Had a breakdown today (twice) and these guys tore it up this afternoon and I am set to go tomorrow. I must say I will definately be considering that new machine, but hopefully it won't be needed as the old one should hold up!