I was at my dealer today looking at honda's hrx217 line of mowers. He had 2011 models with the hydro drive and a few older models that were still hrx217 but they had a 3 speed transmission. The machines are brand new. Does anyone know anything about these 3 speed transmissions on the honda hrx217 models? The hydro is selling for $1099 and the 3 speed is going for $899. Thanks.