We have a long history of owning gravely equipment. We are certainly not brand blind. Have owned many non gravely mowers over the years and some of them have been very good mowers like the two 36" "original" bobcat classic mowers we had. Our lazer hp in my sig has been great also minus the $hitty exmark spindles. Anyway I wanted to buy a new bobcat classic 36 and only one dealer had them and they wanted $3600 plus tax. That seemed very high for a gear drive but I was going to pull the trigger anyway because I was tired of the 40 minute drive to what I "thought" was our closest gravely dealer. Low and behold the new house my wife and i just bought has an awesome gravely dealer 2 miles away! Called them up and they had the 2011 36G in stock ready to go for $2990! I have to admit I am VERY impressed with the build quality of this mower. I am also VERY glad to see Gravely used there head and went BACK to grease fitting on EVERYTHING! The spindles have 2 fittings on each spindle. One for each bearing! Also found out they made it exceptionally easy to replace the spindle bearings. Adjusting the deck is also very easy on this thing. Some people might remember from other threads on here I keep telling people they are crazy for going hydro on walkbehinds. Yup here is proof that I practice what I preach. It has nothing to do with money. I used gear drives for many many years and NEVER had a problem out of them.