For everyone that is in the quest for the perfect walk behind, I would like to share my opinions and what I did to make my selection. All I can say is WOW This is one bad A#% cutting machine! I just took delivery this past Friday of my new 1548, floating deck walk-behind and couldn't wait to get in that first mow!! I'm using this solely for residential use and did my homework on all the machines available under the $3k mark. This is what I used to make my decision. Models reviewed: Exmark - 48" Metro fixed deck, w/gear, ECS, 15hp Kawi V-Twin ($2,899) Toro - 48" Pro fixed deck, w/gear, T-bar, 14hp Kawi single ($2,700) Bobcat - 48" fixed deck, w/gear, Pistol, 15hp Kawi V-Twin ($2,700) Scagg - 48" fixed deck, w/gear, pistol, 17hp Kawi V-twin ($3,000) This was a great deal for the mower, but toward the high end of my price range. Snapper - 48" fixed deck, w/gear, U-handle, 15hp kohler ($2,799) I looked at all of these and narrowed it down to the Toro and Exmark. I was leaning toward the Exmark simply because of the customer loyalty and history of mfg a great product. I called one last Toro dealer who happens to sell Gravely and he mentioned there was a new Gravely unit that I may want to check out. I went down to the shop and as soon as I saw the 1548 I was sold!! Hands down, the most rigid, solid mower I've seen. When he told me the price, I about fell down. The deal he gave me was cheaper than the eXmark and the mower had features that would put me in the $3,500 price range for any of the mfg listed above. I'll get to the price in a minute The benefits/differences I noticed right off were: -FLOATING DECK -16" WHEELS (as opposed to 13" on everything else) -6 GALLON TANK (most had 5) -7 GAUGE STEEL ALL AROUND (10ga top w/7 on bottom of most) -ANTI SCALP WHEELS ALL AROUND (all others had 0) -INCLUDED STRIPING KIT -ELECTRIC PTO (everyone else was manual) The deal: Retail price on it was $3,150 (which is still damn good for what you get) He told me he would let it go for $2,999. I asked him if he would go any lower and he came back with $2,875!!!! I went home, cleared it with the boss (my wife is a saint!!... ) and the next day walked out with a total bill of $3,047 out the door!!! My lawn: We moved into our house last year and I purchased a used honda rider with a 38" deck from my neighbor which turned out to be a great little mower, however, too small for my yard and was taxed trying to cut thick lush grass. With trimming my total time used to be in the 3-3.5 hour range. My first mow with the new toy took me total of 1 hour and about another 15 min with trimming!! I was able to walk it in 3rd gear. AND the cut you ask?? amazing, it stripes with the best of them and left a beautifully manicured carpet for my neighbors to admire. I couldn't be happier with my choice My next item is a sulky which I will probably get this week. I'm leaning toward Proslide or the True Trak. Any suggestions or feedback on rigging the True Trak to the Gravely?