I was kickin around the Home Depot today, and while I was there I glanced at the Toro homeowner mowers. Then I noticed the Honda mowers sitting right next to them, with the plastic decks. One of the employees walked up to me and asked if I was looking for a mower. I said "No, but I remember seeing these plastic honda decks before. Whats the deal?". After explaining to him that I own 2 Toro's with aluminum decks, he said that the plastic decks are far better. Easy to clean, they flex on impact, and will outlast anything else out there. I remember them having a high rating with consumer reports as well. So I ask you. Whats the deal? Seems to me its plastic, plastic can melt, crack, etc a lot easier than metal. Seems to me if you hit a large object with one of these, the deck is gonna give. Am I right? I'm not buying one, but its got me thinking.