I've got a fairly new Gravely 48" hydro w/b... it cuts ok, but it sure could be better, and faster. It stripes pretty well and I'm running the stock "notch" type blades. My front baffle is down about even with the blades cut line. So I was looking underneath an Exmark 48 today and I noticed that the front baffle's bottom edge is about an inch higher than the blades - it does not push the grass out of the way before the blade contacts it. I'm wondering how far down the baffles come down on other machines? I'm thinking about cutting the lower 1/2" or so off of my baffle in an effort to keep the grass from being bent over prior to blade contact.