Reports on the bagger have been positive. I'm a fan of mulching but I practice it when the grass slows down. I don't always have time to get out there. No matter what color of machine you have you can not over work the mulching concept. Try to cut and mulch too much grass you'll get clumps. In the fall I'll mulch up the leaves then lower the deck a notch and pick them up with a bagger. Far fewer stops. With a lot of oak leaves I don't like leaving them on the ground.