I finally gave my Kodiak Dixon the axe this past week. It was plagued with failures in the hydro system and the Kohler engine needed a valve job plus is was burning a LOT of oil, and it only had 920 hours on it! The cut on it was pretty nice for sure, but it was lacking still. I traded it off for a new Grasshopper 227 with the 3 bag catcher. Overall I really like the machine so far, just used it part of yesterday and all day today, have about 8 hours on it i think. As soon as I got it home I started tweaking on it. *removed the ROPS and seatbelt *changed the blades for highlifts instead of the "medium" ones that don't pick up grass for crap. *Gave it a good once over for loose anything. After a couple hours I really tore into it. *removed the front weight, total of 125 pounds that's "supposed" to counter balance the catcher. I can pack the bags FULL and the front isn't even light running up a slope! The weight just made the machine hard to steer and sluggish *Moved the catcher about 3 inches over to the blower side. (included drilling new holes in the catcher, lol) For whatever reason they had it even with the deck trim side. Made it impossible to even get close to stuff without hitting it on things. Suprisingly the 3" move made a world of difference! Kinda anal on my part I guess to have to have things a certian way, but I know what I like and what works for me! It has the 27 hp Kohler, 61" deck. Cuts awesome but it's a horsepower HOG. I don't know what it is about grasshoppers that make them eat so much power??? Talked to the dealer about it and he said it's how it should be. Going through semi-tall grass it really bogs the engine, even just driving it works the engine. Others I tried (same brand) were the same way. I didn't get to try other brands though, maybe they are all similar? I also got the suspension seat... If you are in the market for a new machine, do yourself a favor and spend the extra $$$ on one! I never knew I could mow and not have my teeth bounced out! Only real compilants; the power issue and the ground speed. The manual says 10 mph, but so did my Dixon, and I KNOW the dixon was running faster. The GH is maybe topping out at 8mph. Most of the time I have the handles as far as they will go and I wish I had more speed there, especially for transport... Yes, it LOOKS like it sits really high, but it's more of an illusion then anything because the fuel tank is under the seat instead of riding high above the tires on either side of the seat.