I am a part timer and just started this year. I have about 14 residentials that I have cut all summer but yesterday was asked to cut someone's yard for the first time. The yard was very well kept but had one section about 100'x100' that was so leaf covered that you could not see the grass below. I started scattering the leaves a little with a rake(thinking that I needed to) but decided to see how my 48" Turf Tracer w/ Micro Mulch kit would do with the yard as is. The customer wanted the leaves bagged and was skeptical that I could mulch without any sign of leaves. I do not have time for bagging and thought that I would have to go over a few times to mulch enough to satisfy her. After my first pass I turned to see a 48" path that looked as though it had been bagged. The same after the second. I even checked the front on my deck to make sure I wasn't pushing leaves along. To make a long story short, I was able to cut at about the same speed as normal (about 3mph)leaving an area that was very heavily covered in leaves looking as though there was never any leaves around. THERE WAS NOT EVEN THE SMALLEST SIGN OF LEAF CLIPPINGS. I am using the standard mulching blades and have heard that the Gator blades are best. I have them and may try them a little later in the fall. I have never been so happy with the performance of my Exmark and the customer was so satisfied that she asked if I would do all of her yard work from now on!