I hate doing math, so what would the tripleplating on the BB leading edge be 1" armor. Triplating or laying is a metal forming practice to make up for a weak area. The core XR-7 deck is not 1/4" thick or 3 gauge We only need to look at the industry first stamped 7 gauge deck AKA the 7-Iron deck; which has zero triplating on the deck top or around the spindles; becuase when the proper thickness or gauage steel is used their simply is no need for triplating, or layering Bad Boy has taken deck thickness to a new level, no other company offers a thicker deck at 3 gauge. Triplating or layering is for shooring up a thin core deck design with known weak areas all ZTR companies do this expect?? John Deere & Bad Boy.