This afternoon I stopped in to visit the local Snapper and Snapper Pro dealer here. I talked with him earlier in the week and found out he has one of the hydro floating deck walk behinds with those loop steering controls. I've seen pics of the mower on the Snapper Pro site but have yet to see one for myself. Did just that today. The one I saw was model # SPLH17. 17 HP Kawi recoil start, 48" fabricated 7 ga deck, dual hydro drive. Overall, it's a very well built mower. It's got a few key features that are some of the major selling points of this particular mower. First, the hand crank height adjustments on both sides of the deck. On both sides of the engine deck are height of cut indicators so you are sure to get the deck level as you change heights. Second, the 6 gallon fuel tank. Most WB's are 5 gallon. Third is the loop steering controls with Accutrac tracking adjustment. The levers are big and wide, thus feels comfortable. In between the levers is a joystick control lever which is your Accutrac adjustment. Move lever to either side and that will adjust your tracking on-the-fly, without taking your eyes off of where you are going. Fourth and finally, the rubber discharge chute. It appears to be the same thickness as that on the Toro Turbo Force. Overall construction of the deck and deck carrier frame is very good. In spite of the long-overdue rain we have been getting these past few days, they let me loose on the mower in the parking lot. Surprisingly, the loop controls are indeed, comfortable in operation and direction changes/turning is very smooth and controlled. Minimal pressure is needed to actuate the levers. I was impressed with how well it drove. One thing I did note about the unit is it seemed to have narrow drive wheels/tires for a mower of this size. It appears that a wider wheel/tire can be used and you still have a bit of the trim side of the deck protruding beyond the drive wheel. Another thing I noted was the metal crank handle for the LH side of the deck is directly below the muffler. So, adjusting the height of the deck after you've run the mower the crank probably will be just a little warm to the touch Anyway, this is just my first impressions of this mower since I've been waiting for some time to see one for myself. Can anyone comment on how well it cuts/stripes? Here's a few quick and dirty shots I took of it with the camera on my cell phone.