I realize that I'm treading on previous threads. I'm don't really care who has what mower and how great it is (or isn't) in wet / spring growth. What I'm curious about is who can tell me why commercial mowers have to put in baffles under the deck? I know some of it is so you can raise the grass up and get a cleaner cut / better stripe. My problem is this, I run 60" Ferris decks. The baffles are set up so they're almost completely surrounding the blade. There's about a 7" gap for the grass to slip through to the next blade. I don't understand why it isn't about a 12"+ gap, just throw the grass to the next property if you can. I can slow the engine down if I'm in a situation and I don't want to throw the grass that far. Or I can get an OCDC. I'm just frustrated with Ferris, I've contacted the rep before, he basically said don't mow when the grass is wet. That was about a month before they redesigned the deck last year. They then said they'd send me a new deck, minus the spindles, blades, etc., but I'd have to pay for the freight, labor of switching. I've got a great dealer and the dealer ate the cost of the freight and labor, and the "gaps" were opened up 2-3", but nothing like they should have been. I'm looking for a new mower, just wondering if anyone can tell me if I'm right about the baffle situation under the Ferris deck causing my problems. I hate to get rid of the independent suspension though, might have to buy a deck and put it under my mower somehow.