I think it is a 06 model. I know it is still new. It doesn't have an hour on the meter. I also know it doesn't say trimstar on the deck. I will be picking it up from my dealer today. I ordered the mulching kit my my new w/b. I do have a question. My dealer said the mulching kit only comes with a closeout panel. Isn't there like baffles or something for underneath the deck? They also said the kit doesn't come with blades. No big deal there are putting some high lift blades on there. I wouldn't mind getting the sulky striper but I mow some rough ground at some of my jobs so I got a used Bull Rider. Any comments on what type of blades or anything about my machine will be appreciated. Don't make fun of my old machine, it is a Red Hawk 32" belt. It got me through 2 years of mowing and is now the brand new backup.