Why is it Better than Tracers and FW's? The 36” VHC model uses the same cross bar and motor support set up as 32" so the rear width of the 36” is only 2” wider than the 32” but has 4” more deck width So you get trim sides and amazing flotation on 7.5" wide tires. Wheel placement also allows tight circles. This means that even moderately skilled operators should be able to leave a property with almost nothing but edging. Mower sits on handlebars for easy access deck cleaning in field. Very Useful Feature. And Velke is made w/sealed bearings and oil based bushings so you need Only Grease the Casters. Also runs Synthetic based hydro system w/very easy access filter meaning very Little Effort and Time required on hydro maintenance. Velke 36" runs optional 19hp which provides enough power to mulch any weekly maintained lawn easily from Spring to Fall. FWs are close but lots of grease points and Hydro-Gear 3100's (more service time) and 38" width at drive tires on the 36". Over 36", I'd still take the Velkes due to their total ease of maintenance. They also feel much better built than the Ferris but time will tell. Pic 1-ECS Knock Off Controls w/Integrated Parking Brake Pic 2-1" Trim Side w/7.5" wide tires Pic 3 - shows Absolute Craziness attention to detail. Wright actually notched a support beam so that it would hold 4 eXtra deck pins. Great idea because some break each season and usually have to run back to truck.