I just went by the Exmark place, and they guy pretty much sold me on their 36" fixed deck Metro with pistol grips. Keep in mind, I cut part time, and only have 9 small yards that I currently cut, so he thought it would be the wisest choice for me. Just had a few questions before I buy: Anyone else out there run one of these as their primary mower? Is adjusting the height on the deck as easy as the salesman made it sound? He said that you never have to mess with the back of the deck.....only the spacers on the front. Is this correct? It seems weird that only the front of the deck would get adjusted to change cutting height. How are the pistol grips? Is it worth the extra $500 to bump up to the ECS controls? The salesman didn't seem to think so (at least not for the amount of time per day that I would use it). Please give me your feedback, because I'm thinking about getting it this weekend! Thanks so much!