Since editing goes away after a time, I'll add posts as use progresses.
Today, the Big Dog's replacement finally shows...
After beating up the all local dealers, and discussing with my repair guy, I turned to the web for my prize. Nobody would come off MSRP, even though the "S" means suggested, plus delivery, set-up fee's, and of course, tax. That put my quarry above $6K when said and done. Web searches turned up several willing candidates, which Mowers4less (aka Salisbury Power Equip) in N.C. won out after several phone calls. They took 7 business days to ship, and 5 business days in transit, slow but it was free. This saved me $800+, unfortunately, not locally.
Today it arrived.
I'm not sure if they charge a set-up fee, or an uncrating fee. I'm going to send the crate pieces to Haiti and they will be almost like new.
It was in perfect condition. Good job guys.
A look at the petinents
And, as much as I hate being in front of the lense, a size perspective