After making it through last season using only a 21" Toro Super Recycler, a little over a week ago I purchased my first walk behind mower! Ferris Comfort Control DD 36" hydro. Crappy cell phone pics from the showroom first... It's apparently not a recent manufacture unit, as it has the sensor-grip operator presence system, and that feature has been discontinued. I asked what the price would be for the 2012 model and was told $5,399 - same unit minus the sensor grips. I paid $4,750. Also got 0% financing for 36 months. I had narrowed my search down to Exmark, Ferris, or Toro. (all avail from local dealer) I also set a maximum price of $5,000. Toro doesn't offer a hydro until you get up to the 48", so that was a factor, as I was leaning toward a hydro if affordable. The Exmark in a similar size - 36" Turf Tracer S-Series (floating deck hydro) was "show priced" at $5,400. (Reg $5,900) Doesn't even have electric start! What sold me on this Ferris: - It has the infinitely adjustable deck (not in 1/4 or 1/2" increments like others) that can easily be changed by turning two cranks. - It has electric start. Not a major issue, but certainly a nice option. - Price. $650 less than the Exmark and under my $5,000 maximum budget. I can't wait to try cutting with it.