I purchased a GD jr. today, 52", 23 kaw. for $5700 brand new. This thing is a grass cuttin machine. I was super impressed by the quality of cut. My primary before this was Walker MTGHS, 20 hp, 42" deck. They both have their applications but the cut of the GD is incredible. The Walker stripes with it's wheels but the GD seems to stripe by the shear downforce of wind from the blades. Stripes are nice and wide. Also, I always had problems marking the turf with my Walker when I turned. It's really hard to mark it up with the GD. I'm not sure what it is but the amount of discharge (grass clippings)from the GD is far beyond what my Walker can do (with the no catch deflector). My Walker has a weak cylindar so it's going in the shop. Only time will tell if the GD holds up. The only odd thing about it is there is no gas gauge and the tank is not transparent and also the blade height seems to be off. I started cutting tall fescue at 3.5" but it was way too close. I ended up leaving it at 4.5". This thing is also great on hills. It holds well without spinning. Thanks for all the input in the archives. John Deere has 6.9% financing also!!