This review will be on going as I use this mower more over the season. First off I am moving up from a 54" Hustler FasTrak super duty. I will say that I was not unhappy with the hustler. I had to become more productive. Through tweaking the hustler I got it to lay down a beautiful cut so I will compare only the cut quality of the deere to the fastrak. I will say I have a lot of getting use to with the deere being around 440 lbs heavier. I got stuck twice today but we have had around 12" of rain in the last week. I took this mower from the dealer without them doing any adjusting. This part is with the chute still tied up and the deck discharging. It has a really nice cut quality with the exception of leaving a blade or two of uncut grass on every pass. (the hustler did not do this) I was cutting a mix of St Augustine & Centipede. It also has blow out on the front left side of the deck. the grass was about 6" tall and I was cutting it at 3-1/2" and still damp from all the rain. I could hardy find any clippings!! It chews them up and spreads them really nicely. (The hustler would leave large rows of grass that I had to go back over to spread out) When I did close the chute and use the MOD I was pleasantly surprised that the engine did not bog down nor did it leave any clippings to be seen. The ride was quite nice too with only having the factory seat. I plan on taking the mower back to my dealer tomorrow to have them. 1) lower tire pressure to 12 PSI 2) Remove rear baffles 3) Set the pitch of the deck to 3/8" lower in the front 4) Lower anti scalp wheels to the middle slot 5) Set deck height to match dial. It's 1/2" higher than dial says it is. I also plan on trying a medium lift blade. The medium lift blade worked wonders on my hustlers so I am hoping they work wonders on the Deere's. I am open to any suggestions anyone may have. Ridin please please chime in and give me some advice if you see fit!!!