Thanks for your response. I opened the baffle all of the way and now I am getting beautiful results. Better than ever with my old John Deere. Prior to my posting and during the first two cuts, the deck was set for dry grass and though the grass was really not that bad at all, the results were bad. Any suggestions as to why you think it doesn't cut well with the baffle closed, especially on very short and dry grass as the deck decal states?? I thought this setting would be beneficial in the early spring and late fall for chopping leaves and mulching.