The reason that you don't see many decks over 42" is that you can't fit it into your truck bed. In addition, the larger decks will have three blades where the smaller ones like my 42" only have two. I have the plastic bins on my craftsnam 42" bagger and I like them but apparently there are two bin systems and three bin systems. The three binner would allow me to bag much more grass before dumping which would save lots of time. As you will see, MTD makes almost all of the mowers. So you shop for features and price. What features do you really need? Not many. Hydrostat transmissions are known failure points, but are very convenient if you have lots of little obstacles to mow around. Electric blade clutches are also failure prone and expensive to replace, the manual blade engagement system is superior unless you only have one arm. Cup holders are not important, your beer will go flat. Headlights are not important unless you plan to blow snow. Cast iron front axles and lug nuts on the wheels are an indicator of a heavy duty machine but have nothing to do with the ability of the mower to mow lawns. Who has ever worn out an axle? Very few, if any, are made in the USA, probably not even JD. They don't even make their own tractor engines until you get into huge ones. Unless you are made of money, that factor needs to fly out the window right away. Grass is growing. I busted out the crapsman last night and knocked down a few inches of wet grass without collecting the heavy wet clippings. The mower is green with grass juice and smells great. Go buy the cheap manual craftsman and save your money for the gas that this thing is going to suck.