I am going to look at these two machines tomorrow and buy one of them. I was wondering if the 48" fixed deck was a big disadvantage. I will only be using this machine to mow a huge hill on just one property every two weeks. It's a new account that requires a walkbehind. The 48" machine is a bit newer, like 3 years old (I'm told) and is going for $1700. I'm wondering if I'll be sorry I didn't get the floating deck.