How many hours did the 48 have?, I have both 36 and a 48 and only if I had alot of gates would I only have a 36. I like the way on a bigger than 36 the deck comes out over the side, makes the machine trim better and not leave grass patches behind when you turn around. I just got a Lesco hydro 36 last season with velkie and only 150 hours for 1150. I was real happy too, usually on a 36 I only go belt but the deal was right and I can do some things with it I could not do with my belt 36. Anything bigger than 36 a hydro is worth the extra coin.