I read alot of feedback on many mowers but one type does not get much mention. Its the Toro Groundmaster series. The State of Hi uses exclusively on the highways. I must say I am impressed at there efficiancy. They are outfront style and some LCOs posting here are against out-fronts. But I have seen some wet/hill/tall grass situations that are tamed easily with these 4 wheel drives. In case you have not seen, here is the web site http://www.toro.com/golf/turf/groundmaster/3000.html. Wonder if its cost effective? If its not, thats explains why the State has them! Thanks for the help on my curiosity. And keep those snow plows runnin! Bumper crop in my old home town Lisbon/Franconia N.H. Aloha, P.Y.S.