I have seen a few lawns cut by Skag up here in Michigan this spring that look fantastic. Exmark is the mower of choice around here for a manicured lawn even according to the dealer who sells both. Ive poured over old threads about this and was hoping for more current info, specifically the Vride 61, since it is a bit cheaper. Are the clippings longer from the Skag? ive been using a Triton deck and you dont see many short clippings from that in the spring. Cant imagine much longer.