Well today I had the opportunity to test drive the new gravely 2002 wb's. First of all let me just say, the gravely customer service is second to nobody. I have heard great things from exmark (probably deservingly so), but gravely takes the cake. I have a local exmark dealer in evansville, IN. They currently have a exmark tthp 36". I asked them if I could demo it and I was told no. Well let me rephrase, I was told you can run it on your lawn, but you can't start the blades.????? Doesn't make too much sense to me. Kind of like going to buy a new car and they say you can sit in the car with the car running but you can't take it on the road. Anyway, The dealer is in Hendeson, KY, just over the bridge. He has been very helpful and is also very knowledgeable regarding gravely's and other brands of wb's. I received a call last week from a gentleman by the name of Ron Zinser. He is the midwest sales rep and one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He drove over to St. Louis, MO to pick up the two prototypes and made a "special" trip to Henderson, KY just so I could test them out. I too am in sales and I can appreciate the effort!! From my dealings with Barry, Ron and my local dealer I don't think I can go wrong. Now for the review. The new 2002 can be described in one word, "muscle." Everything about them is strong. I will be using this for my lawn and when I help my brother cut commercially. I decided to go with the 36" 15hp v-twin kaw, double blade kit, mulching kit, hour meter (optional), and striping kit. I was allowed to drive this aroud the parking lot and take it across the street to cut grass (yes the grass is still growing here, although rather slow). This thing stipes very nice, and with the proslide I ordered today from novacorp ($275 plus shipping), this will stipe with the best of them. I am just a little giddy now. Will probalby be up all night thinking about it. By the way I received the new 2002 literature and was also given a new gravely swiss army knife from the sales rep. Gravely gets an a+ in my book. If you are wandering how I got the proslide so cheap?? I purchased the pro slide direct and it is a scratch special. Still have the manufactures warranty, just slight paint (cosmetic) issues. Take care and happy holidays.