Hey all! I have been lurking here for a year now- reading, learning ( i hope).Got a new Exmark LXS31BU66 -- 31Hp Briggs w/ 66" Triton deck ztr. Whoooo Hooo Just had to tell somebody who would appreciate a fine machine like this. Sooo. I had to replace my aging Grasshopper 1820 52" cut 18hp Vanguard of 1982 vintage. I've had it the past 13 yrs and used it primarily to cut 2 1/2 acres. Great machine- still is. Deserves a respectful retirement. I tested out the Kubota ZDR and it was nice, but I wasn't as impressed with it as I am w/ their loaders/excavators. Didn't have the quality feel. Also tried the gas model, but why buy a Kubota if it's gas? Besides, diesel is $$-obscene-$$ While I was at the Kubota dealership I watched their lawn care crew unload their exmarks and get to work. ha ha ha. I planned to demo a Bad Boy mower- (have you SEEN that video on youtube? link), but dealer is a ways away. Off I went to try some exmarks at a place I thought was a dealership- had signs out-front and all. Went in and there were no mowers to be found- all rental stuff. Sales guy says they dropped the line - He did have a few demos. We go in way back building and he has a couple lazer ct's and a big fat 2007 XS with 5 hours on it. It was marked $10,800 MSRP on the tag. The flip side had SALE $8900. Sales guy says they want $8 grand for it. Now I'm there w/ my wife and she's giving me the look of "what the hell happened to a $4K mower like I saw on the back of the Northern Tool catalog?" So I say to the sales guy" $7 grand and I'll take it." He phones it in to the manager and the deal is done! Receipt says "new with warranty", but I'll have to beg some other dealer to honor the warranty-- need be. $7 grand is alot of cash for a residential-use mower, but i expect to have it 30 years. deck sure won't rust through! So my question about this beast is are there any special recommendations or modifications suggested? I read an interesting post about how the Triton decks need to have baffles adjusted for Northern grass. Stuff like that. Things to watch out for? Does anybody have a Service Manual in PDF around? that's be nice to have. I asked sales guy for theirs- as they no longer are dealer- he said he'd ask. i can post it if i get it. Sorry so long for first post!