what is the big deal about so many people talking about wanting to convert to foot control ??
I have run a couple of newer style machines with it and I didn't like them. (these newer machines being a Crapsman and a Husqavarna owned by 2 of my neighbors)
Well, after having owned 2 Cub Cadet Narrow Frames, aCub Cadet 1861, a JD 420, and a Case 444--all with lever travel control, and also having owned a Bolens 1886, HT23, and Kubota B7100--all with foot control, I find I like the foot control better--especially if using a Front End Loader as the Good Lord didn't see fit to give me three arms and hands, and sometimes you need that to work the forward control, loader lever(s), and steering wheel (esp. if manual steering).
Just my opinion, your results may vary...