First, thanks for taking to time to answer questions directly, it is a great help. I am probably going to buy a exmark metro 1548 to cut several properties ranging from well maintained lawn to open field. I looked at the Scag and Gravely - almost bought the Gravely, but in the end it seemed too front-heavy and the dealer support was not quite what Exmark seems to offer. Questions - 1. How deep is the Metro deck? I need the deck to be deep enough to cut high grass from time to time and therefore I need some space between the blade and the deck when cutting at 3.5 inches or even higher. Can this deck handle that without clumping and leaving uncut grass? 2. Any changes for 2004 - air filter like the HP? If one is ordered by a dealer today I assume it would be a 2004 model? 2. How does this machine perform going down hills? can it be controlled? This is a big issue for me. 3. Do the metro spindles need to be greased or are they maint free? 4. Is reverse assist any better with the pistol or ecs controls? I would assume not. 5. Finally - what is the difference between the Toro Pro Line 48 and the metro? - the metro is listed as being 50+ pounds heavier. At first glance they appear the same except the controls. The price is about the same but I have a pre-existing relationship with the Toro dealer and it would nice to have an explanation of the difference. I want to go with the Metro for resale value if nothing else. Thanks for any help that you can provide.