Just got delivered a new 3x 26 HD purchased through a local dealer here in Canada. What drew me to the cub cadet HD version was the larger 420cc engine, thicker metal and also a rod for the transmission controls. Seems like there are a lot of cc haters on here. I looked at Ariens, toro etc but I preferred the cc. So we will see how it works so bring on the snow. I am a little concerned about shear pins but it would seem the newer models are better. Anyways pretty exited to try it for the first time.