I am the proud new owner of a Fastrak 18/44. After much research and looking at nearly every ZTR available, the Fastrak really stood out IMO. It cuts my lawn great, handles a small hill in my backyard, etc. Only one question. The discharge chute is heavy metal, not rubber that gives way if I hit against something on accident. Is it possible the chute is too well built?? I would really like to have something that gives way, as I am not a pro and know I will sometimes hit that chute against things. Any ideas? Great mower! Thanks.