Thanks to all who commented on my earlier post regarding T-bars vs pistol grips. Finally went with the Toro fixed deck and added a mulching kit, which needed to be orderedht. Spent a few hours trying to find the right combination on the height set-up. If anyone is familiar with the fixed deck system I could sure use some pointers. The dealer was real helpful, up to a point. I had the mower set at 3". According to the chart in the manual the deck was set as follows: axle- D position ( second from the bottom) spacers below the caster- all 4 of the 1/2 inchers, 0 of the 3/16 1/4" spacers below the spindle- all 4 Anyway, I thought this " 3 inch " setting was too short so I moved all the spindle spacers "above the spindle" which should give me a 4" cut. This looked pretty good, but 3 and a half should be just right. With the different axle-caster-spindle adjustments, what should I be trying to do in order to get the best cut and best possible striping effect? Do I want the rear a little higher than the front? Keep the blades as high in the deck as possible and adjust height with the casters and axle so that you get the best possible vacuum effect as you cut? Thanks in advance!