I did my last demo this weekend before I decide ona machine. This time I used a 52" Exmark WBH. 16hp Briggs Vanguard gear drive with a floating deck. I was ver impressed with the cut quality on this machine - much better than the Cub Commercial! The gear drive was in now way the hinderance I thought it was going to be. I have decided to go gear for sure... So does anyone have an opinion on the Briggs engine? This machine was very quiet and very smooth to operate. I can buy the mower with a sulky for $3200. Any comments?