I started a work thread recently. I use the HRR217VKA and posted pics of MULCHING a overgrown lawn today. Take a look here http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=423985&highlight=fayette+mowing&page=4 These mowers are amazing unless the conditions get soaking wet - then you simply can't cut unless you discharge and the rear discharge isn't suitable. Anyway go look at the pictures. The $399 Honda runs circles around any other mower in the price range. However it's not perfect! I will tell you the ability to keep the bag on while mulching, then switch it to bag mod is irreplaceable and not found on any other mower other than the Honda HRX. Not sure if the HRX is worth the upgrade, but my Honda is much lighter than most 21" mowers and performs flawlessly. Look at the pic's, then make your decision! Good luck either way.