I bought a new 227 Grasshopper about 3 weeks ago, thought it was the greatest thing, for about the first week... Now, the more I use it, the more I HATE this machine! *See the engine bogging down post, this is my #1 complaint. *The ground speed is terrible S-L-O-W! *Cloth top catcher is a JOKE! Dumping it is a huge production, it blows all the dirt and chaff straight back, so in the wind you get covered. Plus, it's friggin CLOTH, which I already have several tears in. Also the top has no latch or anything that holds it closed. Once the unit is about 2/3 full of leaves the top just pops open! Dosn't do this with grass though. *Deck has BAD blowout in dry conditions, especially leaves. (no kit to fix) *cut is awesome, but only in nice grass. Cut is horrible in weeds, leaves about 1/2 untouched. *gas tank fuel cap is on the WRONG side of the machine! With the blower/tube on you end up either breaking a spout to get it bent around far enough or dumping gas all over. It also has no working gauge. It has one, but it only workind for a couple days. Now I have to beat the hell out of the tank to get it to read right, plus it's UNDER the seat anyway... *Deck only has foot lift, lifting the deck+the blower is a LOT if you have a bum ankle or knee, or both. *ordered the "big boy" levers, because I'm 6'4" and get it and find that they don't meet in the middle! There's a 4" gap between them. Can't mow one handed like I have done for years. No matter though, because it takes a LOT of input on the sticks to turn. No way you could turn with one hand judging by the amount you have to move them. Always could with the Dixons though. Sure, there are some things I do like about the machine. The ride is awesome thanks to their in frame rubber mounts plus the suspension seat I added. It is pretty easy to control and does all the hills/slopes I could ever do with the dixon. It does pick up better, but to a fault really. I'm getting about 50% MORE grass now than I was with the Dixons. I need taller sides on the truck... I'm sure there's something else I like, but I can't think of it now. I just don't know what to do. Dealer really thinks that all my complaints are trivial and just says there's nothing wrong with the machine. If I tried to trade for something else I'd loose my butt. If they would just take it back I'd be thrilled, but with almost 70 hours and a lot of scratches I don't see that happening... I just don't know how I'm going to deal with this machine for the next 2 to 3 years... I was hoping that I finally found a machine I could keep for at least 4 seasons instead of trading every other year.