I guess iam in the minority on all the forums. I have had a 255 z master &now have a 286E , 2001 model w 800+hrs. I do not think the toro deck does a bad job of mowing at all . It really shines on wet grass. It very seldom clumps . It does not chop the clippings as good as some. Thought the Z-Stand would not be used much but found i use it quite often. I trade or sell every 2 yrs and iprob. will buy another toro. Whatever iget will have to have efi!