For you guys that care I have tried dixie blades and exmark blades on my 260z looking for more discharge, I never had a problem with the cut. The exmark notched high lifts from oregon I bought are a beautiful thing on this mower. Still not great in wet grass (clumps, cuts fine) but dry grass it shoots out 10 feet. Also, I can't explain it but I use less gas. Maybe because the new blades are .204 thick and old ones are .240 or so idk. The dixie blades I tried left stringers everywhere.