Ended up wearing orange.... got a great deal on 348XD .... machine with Kawasaki engine, triple bagger, mulch kit, taxes, $4000. I would have loved to at least looked at a gx54 but the dealer never ordered any to have in stock, and he wouldn’t give me any type of deal since he’d have to order one specifically for me. I test drove a lower model xt2 and much preferred the Husqy. I know it’s not a fair comparison but I didn’t want to make such a big purchase sight unseen. Even though I didn’t go the advised route I thank you all for your opinions and it’s great to know that you all care and will be an invaluable resource as I go down my tractor journey!