I am looking for a walk behind for my home. I have three acres I mow and trim around plenty of trees and a couple of slopes. I bought a 48 Gravely from BROOKS GRAVELY in Rochester, NY and loved everything about the machine except the speed in low gear. Too fast for trimming around trees, had to slip the clutches. I paid 3k for it, used it three hours and the dealer offered to give me every penny back. I was sick over it but so impressed with the dealer don't want to go anywhere else now. He offers Great Dane and is getting a demo model 48 Super Surfer for me to try. It retails for around $6800 which I think is way too much for the thing. He says the factory rep wants to cut a deal to get rid of it, we shall see. I may opt for the hydro Gravely or look at the hydro Dane but I imagine the cost will be near that of the Wright Stander at another local dealer which is getting rid of new $5800 machines for $4400. I don't like the small tires on the other machines out there. Seems they don't allow much ground clearance for knolls, dips or humps around trees. That is one reason I liked the Gravely, large tires and easily adjustable deck height. I looked at the J/D and like the 36 with manufactured deck but the larger models all have a stamped deck and the prices are ridiculous. They have the only Dana transmission out there and according to specs it has the slowest low gear speed on the market. I may end up with one of those, a local dealer has a 36 for $2250 but I really want at least a 48. I fail to understand why when you have five speeds that first gear is not a granny gear and the other four used to take you up to 6 mph as most do. I could not get past 2ond in the Gravely without jogging behind the thing. It actually spun out in the gravel driveway and took off like a raped ape, great for a sulkie I suppose.