Popular doesn't always mean the best.
Look, I'm not trying to be a twat here - but I'll throw this out anyways; if any of you guys using the Tru-cut or similar machines try a used commercial 26" of any of the manufacturers I mentioned, I bet you'll prefer the used commercial machines.
I have run the McClane's, Tru-Cuts, Lockes and an old Ransomes unit against the mower manufacturers I mentioned - and also solicited input from my crews in the process.
Uniformly all preferred the commercial machines and from a continual maintenance stand point, the commercial machines were much easier to maintain.
This is all I'm saying as obviously what you guys do is beyond my control.
Apparently we are going to have to agree to disagree which is fine - that's what makes life in America so great.
Nice Try = You Suck Spelled Differently