Hey Everyone! I originated the "poor cut " post for my 18/44 I called my dealer this week and told him my problem. He contacted Hustler and called me back and asked me some questions to pinpoint the exact problem. He naturally asked about whether the deck had build up under it and whether the blades were sharp or not. After telling him that everything was in working order he suggested that I remove the stock blades and bring them to him to swap them for the Hi-Lift type. ( FREE OF CHARGE!)He stated that due to the type of grass that I have ( kentucky blue and rye) that maybe the Hi lifts would help. I changed them out today and it made a big difference. I believe my problem is solved. The only thing I can't understand is why they don't put them on from the factory? Maybe they aren't as good for some applications? I have also heard that the mini z's have a higher blade tip speed which improves the cut. So why dosen't hustler put them on all their mowers if it improves the cut? Whether you buy a Fastrac or Super Duper Z they should all have a nice cut! Hope this helps everyone! fastrackguy p.s. thanks P.J.!