I finally broke down and bought a new ( it's new to me anyway,99 model) Ferris 48" hydro wb. It was used 1 year by a friend in the LC business who has since retired. Also got a 16' trailer and BR-400 blower from him. The only problem I've had so far is that the mower is too lite in the front end and wants to do wheelies going up hills and bounces up and down on rough ground or in deep grass. Frontend weights? Any suggestions?