Even though gasoline is going down a bit in price, at least around here, I think most of us realize the days of cheap gas are over. I personally think $2 or so a gallon is going to be about as low as we ever see it again. I hope I'm wrong, but everything seems to be pointing that way. I am wondering if extended (permanent?) higher fuel costs will influence what you choose to purchase with regards to larger power equipment? I noted a thread today about electronic fuel injection (EFI) engines, and their improved fuel economy. It was noted that many dealers are not pushing them, at least in part perhaps because they don't have the correct diagnostic equipment or trained technicians. My own dealer told me as much a year or so ago when I mentioned them, saying they would have to send someone to school if they started selling many of them. Diesels, of course, are another, fuel miserly alternative. I also recall my dealer, some 3 1/2 years ago, when I was mower shopping saying he wasn't sure you could ever mow enough to recoup the difference in cost between a gasoline and diesel engine. Of course, as I recall, fuel was only a bit over the $ mark in this area at the time. Things have changed, for sure. One person in the latest thread mentioned he believed he was using approximately .9 gallons of gas per hour with his EFI engine, on a bigger mower than mine. I use approximately 1.3 gph with my Kawasaki 23, so if gasoline is say, $2.50 per gallon, a tenth would cost 25 cents. Saving me $1.00 per hour in fuel costs, not to mention covering more ground in the same hour with a larger deck, making the fuel savings more dramatic. So, for those of you who have been using carbureted engines for years, will you seriously look at something different for your next purchase? If you commonly put say, 2,000 hours on your mower before retiring or trading it, and could save $1 or more per hour in fuel costs, and an EFI engine only ran $1,000 or so more, it looks like a no-brainer to me, assuming all other maintenance costs remain about the same. Diesels perhaps offer even more fuel savings, but with perhaps greater difference in the initial cost. Also, do you think fuel costs might change the trend toward increasingly higher horsepower engines? Seems eveyone is pushing, or passing, the 30 horse level on their 60 inch or so mowers. Even the diesels are getting bigger. Gravely seems to be one exception. Their current diesels are only 27 horse, and I'm anxious to see if next year's offerings remain the same, bucking the trend, or if they will add bigger engine options. I'm sure lots of guys like to brag of the horses their mower puts out, but when it starts showing up negatively on the bottom line, will that market start to dry up? Remember the gas-guzzlers of the 60's and 70's? I'm betting some of these people running around in 10 mpg SUV's and trucks, who don't really need them, are starting to rethink their next purchase as well. Anyhow, I'm just interested to see how many of you are starting to think along different lines.