I wasn't planning on buying new, but after my brother managed to run my bobcat walkbehind without a dip stick in it I was forced to look for a new mower. I walked out the door paying $6,100 for the 26 HP Kawasaki/52'' model. I also got the 0% financing deal. It was too good to pass up. Cut- Much better than my old Bobcat. I like how the bigger chute discharges. I have yet to cut in wet grass. All lawns have been cut at 4'' and it doesn't leave any stringers at that height. I noticed a few stringers when I messed around with it set at 4.5''. Ride- This mower rides as well as any ZTR I've ever been on. The seat does a great job of isolating the rider from the mower. I do wish the knee pads were a little more breathable. Hills- I am still getting used to this mower, but it seems to hold hills going up and down them better than going across them. Overall I love this thing so far. It's very maneuverable and offers a great cut for the price.