I've got a 2001 lesco 48 gear drive that i have hated since the day i got it. I bought it since it was $200less than an exmark bigg mistake that i will regret for the rest of my life. First off the mower never gives a good and even cut, I've adjusted the deck tried different blades, different bags (dealer said to try steel over cloth and i now have and hate the steel bag). I also get a ton of blowout from the left hand corner of the deck. Anything that is on the yard ends up on me or on the mower. I have 25hrs on it and the airfilter is so dirty it needs to be replaced. Oil has needed changing 4 times already as well. I brought it to the dealer and told him of the blowout and it was leaving uncut grass and a small line of clippings between the deck and bagger. He "tried it out" and found nothing wrong but gave me low lift blades to try and a steel bag no luck with either. The low lift blades give no cut at all basically. I cant use the mower when it is the summer or fall since leaves go all over or i get covered in dust. I am not cutting dirt here but it raises a dust storm and i end up eating the stuff. I have had a problem with it bogging down and actually stalling while my 36 toro with a 12.5 engine didnt even bog (it was the same yard and heights). It has started in gear which is a safety feature and they said they checked the wiring at the dealer. The wheel breaks do not work correctly and will sometimes not work at all or jump and skip making the machine go all over. When switching gears it jumps no matter how slow i let go of the handles. I am also now having engine troubles with it (15 kawi twin) where it makes all types of noises, almost dies when i turn the blades on or when the blades are on and i bring it to full throttle i have to wait about 25 seconds for it to come back to life. It is making all types of noises and i have checked air filter, fuel filter plugs and the gas. I cant stand this mower but dont know what exactly to do. My dad told me to write to lesco headquarters and ask for a refund or for them to buy it back from me. Do you think they would? I have been trying to dispose of it but havent found an interested party as of yet. This mower is just taking up space now and was wondering what all you guys would do with this machine if it was yours. I know now that i should have gotten an exmark.