Rock777, I paid less than that with tax. I basically got my 48" for the same as Cop4hire got his 42" ...mines just a 2011 model. The good news - from 2.5hrs of mowing to 1hr ! Questions - (1) If I run with both levers full forward it does arc off to the left gradually. Is this normal? I checked all tire pressures with a digital guage before mowing. (2) The hydro cooling fans seem to have spun off some grease, is this just normal for a first run? First impression, super impressed. Mowed with a smile. Would have no use for a faster mower without a smoother lawn ... any faster and it would bounce you off. First time using a ZTR and it takes a few laps to get used to steering by lever. The 20 Horse Kawi is a beast. Really happy I went 48" vs 42", (especially since I paid less than the 42" price) ... the 48" deck gets 3 blades and a bigger motor ... lawn looked perfectly even. Mowed the horse field back about 50' and thick 10" tall grass had no chance. I shopped hard, every brand locally available for over a year. I found no reason to pay more for another brand. I went Hustler because I was confident I was getting the most mower for my $. I am expecting alot of years out of this investment.