I have a new LHP 23/52 that I had my dealer deliver with the mulch kit and the blowout baffle. I am impressed with the cut, especially the fact that the mulck kit truly delivers the vacuumed look. But, there is a surpising number of stringers, especially in areas that have more weeds or a bit less-thick grass or more bare spots than I'd like. I did some research on this forum, and saw that Terry suggested lowering the deck, decreasing the throttle, and changing the deck pitch. Today, I lowered the deck from 3" to 2.75". I am happy to say that I noticed a positive difference. But I don't want to lower the deck any more than that, because everyone on this site seems to suggest a deck height of 3" or higher for grass health. I forgot about trying lowering the throttle today - will try next time. Here is my main question: from what I can tell by eyeing it up, my deck is almost level; it is possibly angled down just a tad from rear to front. Should I try changing my deck pitch? More importantly, what is the theory behind changing the deck pitch to defeat stringers when mulching? If you don't mind lending your ear for a couple more minutes, I'll share a couple other things I'm bummed about - if anyone has any thoughts - though these have more to do with ZTRs in general, not Exmark. I'm convinced I bought the best ZTR for my situation. The thing is that my property is on a 15 degree slope. I am finding it true what they say that it's almost impossible to make a zero-turn (one wheel forward, one reverse) on a hill. So, that forces me into making lawn-tractor-type turns, and even those I can't make tightly, because it tears up the turf. There are times that I make the softests of turns on the hill, and I notice coming back around that I have a 5-foot tire track mark. Also, it seems like every time I go in reverse, my wheels slip more than they should. I understand that it is Spring, and the ground is softer than normal. What I don't like is when I go in reverse and the caster wheels come around - taking me off my intended path. Maybe the caster wheels needing to come around is *why* I get the slippage. Either way, a lawn tractor seems to have ZTRs beat when reversing. When I bought my ZTR, I was debating spending the extra money for a 4wd garden tractor or sub-compact instead. Perhaps that's what I should have done - so that 4 wheels would be providing traction on the hill instead of 2. But it's too late for that now - I made my decision, and I'm determined to make good on it. Plus, the ZTR certainly has its advantages over tractors notwithstanding the zero-turn aspect - the one that comes to mind first is the floating deck. Thank you very much for hearing me out.