This afternoon I finally had a chance to see the Pro-V for myself during an open house at a local dealer. The Scag distributor rep was there with it and I got a chance to talk in-depth with him about it. The demo unit was the SWZV48V-17KAI model with the 48" Velocity Plus deck and 17 HP recoil start Kawi KAI engine. Giving the mower a hard once-over, it is put together very well. All welds are smooth, fit and finish of the parts are tight. One of the things I like about the Pro-V is the single-lever height of cut control. Just position the pin at the deisred height and lower the deck using the hand lever. It also raises and locks into the transport position. The Pro-V drives very well. It's smooth, not jerky. Set your maximum forward speed with the speed control lever and press down on the V-Bar to go forward. Turn the V-Bar to either side like riding a bike and the mower steers in that direction. Zero degree turns are easily accomplished by turning the V-Bar all the way to either side. Going from forward to reverse is easy...again, very smooth transition in direction. The linkage for the V-Bar on the hydro pump level is pretty involved, check out the pic. Tracking is easily adjusted on the control panel via two knobs. The V-Bar itself is comfortable due to the Senso-Grip operator presence control. No squeezing! The Scag Pro-V is very intuitive to operate. It kind of reminds me of the Hustler H-Bar Plus on their Trimstars. Easy as riding a bike! Later on this year I will probably demo a Pro-V and see how it is in action. Scag also plans on making some sort of fixed sulky w/ caster wheels available for the Pro-V. With all the walkbehinds with ergonomic hand controls on the market now, manufacturers are making them more intuitive to operate while at the same time making them safer and more productive as well. I'm impressed with the Pro-V. It's a very well put together machine tha is quite easy to operate with a minimal learning curve.