I didn't buy the Navigator on a "whim". I researched the machine, spoke with the allegedly knowledgeable rep, spoke with my dealer at length and decided on the Navigator. And as I posted earlier the local to me Walker dealer was a complete jerk so unless I wanted to drive over 50 miles one way for service I elected to purchase the Navigator. My mistake. Also I did not know you three years ago to the degree I have obtained now - I wish I HAD spoken with you, regardless the dealer with whom I am very comfortable was also taken aback by the lack of the side discharge deck.