Hey guys, Ive been talking to several people about my new equipment purchase. Ive called 65 Hoss several times to get his advise and think I am finally going to get one (or two) Saturday. Its tough making equipment purchases, Im a turfgrass mgmt major at UTM and when I do make a big purchase, it needs to be the best one possible since alot of my money goes towards college. Anyways, I know some of the dealers are offering a huge discount on the 23 horse, 60". My dealer is not however. He said he will not stock anything less than a 27 horse in a 60". He said there is not enough power in the 23 and not many people want them in our area for commercial lawncare. There is a bout a $1000 difference in the two machines (23 vs 27) and Im sure if its worth the price to go with him. Hes the only dealer around though. I definately want an Exmark, but am torn between the two models. I plan on running the collection system for my cleanups. I know Exmark isnt shaft driven, is there a reason? Pros and Cons of shaft vs belt. I am also thinking about buying a 36" metro w/b for backyards, etc. But several of the people I have talked to said that they have hardly ever used them and have usually traded them in after a few years. What is the largest sized mower that will fit between most of the backyard gates? Do many of you guys use a 36" in combination with your big dawgs??? Also why dont the metro's have hour meters? I appreciate any advise any of you can give me, I pretty much need someone to tell me to go out and buy one, but want to be sure that my purchase is the "best deal" going.