I'm thinking of trying one of the new Husky AWD's. They list for $499 which isn't bad for AWD. They look as durable as anything out there. Most self propelled mowers feel as if they're doing half the work and you're doing the other half. To me, all you should have to do is guide a mower not half push it and I think that should be the case with an AWD. I have a dealer who plans to let me try one out.