OK....i finally set up the deck with the baffles and gator blades. After mowing my 3 acres.....im not so sure im impressed with the mulch kit. The gator blades work very well. The problem i see instantly is that it suffers from alot of blow out. This is not at all fun if you have any dry dusty areas. My lawn has it all, a few wet areas and a few semi-dusty areas. After the first 10 minutes i was coverd in dust and micro grass clippings. (When i say dusty, i do not mean sandy conditions) I will take off the baffles and just use the gator blades and report back my findings. I think this situation may work better. I find that the baffles are not perfectly fit and shaped. When i installed them on the deck i noticed that they didnt complety seal each blade pockets, so i had an idea blow out may be a prob. The biggest reason i used the mulch kit was to eliminate the shute gard for close trimming no both sides. I may just rig up a quick lifting device for the shute deflector with a cable system. Also, i have a few spots where i can't fit the machine (52inch) through if i have the shute on, so it would be nice to retract it as i need. Next week i shall post my findings with the next setup. I'm in trested to see if anyone else has the same opinion as i do on the mulch kit. Rich in MI.