There is a very interesting article on decks in the September Turf magazine. It shows Hustler, Scag, Exmark, Toro, and John Deere MOD decks from the bottom. You can easily see how each one differs and why they may cut differently. It was odd that the XR7 pictures shows it with the rear triangles still intact. I am guessing they are sending this model to the Mid-West and the cut out triangles to the South East. The Scag is the only one that has substantial room between the front baffle and leading edge of the blade to allow grass time to stand up before being cut. Very interesting to see how each company approaches the design of the deck. Just thought you might like to look.