After my recent discussions on this site fate has stepped in. I found a JD GT262 in amazing condition for $400 cdn, it's a 3 hour drive to get it but it's a nice machine, he said he replaced a couple switches so I may have to spend a bit to get it back to original but I've very excited to see it. 48" cut with that 17hp kawasaki engine I think it'll last me ages. I'll post some pics once I pick it up. Now I just need the manuals!