I finally got a new (used) mower. Ive been looking all year for a good deal. I finally think I found one. I found this mower locally..50 miles away from my house. I paid $1000 for the mower and sulky. It is a real clean mower (with the exception of the dirt on it) garage kept. It has about 220 hours on it. Its about 7 or 8 yrs old...my only concern. It has the 14hp kawasaki. It is definetly taking some getting use to. My budget was $1500 so Im a happy camper so long as this mower doesnt break too bad. although i didnt post much, this website helped me with my choice. thanks to everyone for giving me good material to read and second hand advice.