They didn't have any DK or NX models in stock. I think the NS is priced in between those two. I really liked the larger frame of the NS, compared to the old DK35 I was replacing (Cub clone). There is so much more room in the operator area, which is nice when mowing for 6 hours. I love the suspension seat. I don't like having a step only on the left side of the tractor though. I like the telescoping lower links on the 3pt hitch. I don't think a new DK has that. I like the loader control next to the seat on the NS, but I think the new DK still has it mounted forward on the right stanchion of the loader frame support, same as my old tractor. . I am still getting used to all the safety interlocks that my old tractor didn't have. I was just lucky that day when I saw it, and it was set up just how I needed it to be. I didn't pass it up because I figured it might be a while before another one showed up. I was looking at the other orange tractor's LS4701 line, but it was more $$ money and the dealer was further away with multiple stores. The Kioti dealer near me is a family operation that has been there a long time and you can deal with the owners. The controls are virtually identical to my old tractor, so my muscle memory doesn't have to learn many new things. I think the hand throttle is reversed from my old tractor; clockwise to go faster now, and counterclockwise to go slower. This is the shuttle shift version. Now I need to build a carport for it.Thanks, nice set up, that is what I'm looking for. Too bad I'm in upstate NY, no NS tractors to date around here. Kioti mentioned that this model is between the DK and NX series, did you find the price to reflect that?