Just Demoed the New Toro 588E, 60" Turbo Force deck. Demo was on vacant land, part of has been slashed months ago and new growth was scrub grasses up to 1 foot high. Next section has never been slashed, 2ft. tall thick rubbish grass, thick with bermuda, weeds, and all damp. Today's test was to see what the capabilities the mulch system had. OK, 3/4 + speed on the lighter going stuff was easy for this machine, mulching at 2.5 inches gave mulch that was fifrous and long pieces of stalky stuff no longer than 1 inch, with this test I used medium sail blades, not mulching blades. As I run a dedicated mulcher now and at half the speed, this new turbo force deck is very good. Just for fun we tried it in long thick stuff, ok, not meant for this but heck, why not....required 2 passes to leave an excellent finish. Did not get a chance to demo the side discharge with adjustable baffle, demo was just shipped from America and not yet set up, deck not set up etc, and the rep obviously hadn't changed the mulch baffles before. The machine itself...suspension seat, very thick steering levers, nice soft steering dampening, very stable, very comfortable seat height, massive front wheel forks, spannerless spindle covers, 1 drive belt, distance from under engine to ground is approx 7 inches, the deck lift stand once used to it is very useful, deck is unbreakable, extremely solid, roll bar folds backward out of the way, 1.5 inch blade overlap. Nice engine, very smooth, deep baffled mufler. Everything is easy to access for servicing and maintaining. Comparison between this new toro and the '03 model hustler super z would be....as far as easy going open mulching, both machines are great. hustler has a lower design I feel, and is just as comfortable, I did like the slightly more upright seat on the toro and the new thick bars. The hustler in side discharge was excellent. Toro could not show me on this occasion.... Build quality for both....well both are 100% commercial and built to last, both extremely bulky/tough. Engineering, both companies have done their homework and have produced excellent machines. Toro has a few features that are clever that the super z doesn't, but neither effect cut or effiency, except for the adjustable deck flow baffle. Mulching wise both are excellent even at very fast speeds in heavy conditions, maybe the toro chopped clippings up a fraction finer, then maybe I drove differently today....I'd say an even comparison. Side discharge is the decider, the hustler was purefy excellent on the same ground, very impressive, but the new toro can manipulate flow baffles, which should give it the edge in real tough going, damp etc... So as it stands, both top quality and comfortable and built as tough as, both have super tough decks, both have the engine closely nestled behind the seat, both have the engine mounted nice and low, both run 1 drive belt, both mulch as good as or better than expected, both fast, eye appeal....toro by a whisker. I'm getting a trade price on my toro z355 soon, I have seen enough of this toro to buy, all depends on the changeover price. But failing a purchase of this new toro, I would feel as comfortable on the new hustler super z with 28hp efi, certainly a very strong contender, with great state management. If I somehow get another ride, I'll let you know how the new deck side discharges in our scrub grasses. Thanks for your interest. Tony.