I have noticed that I see fewer and fewer grasshopper front-deck mowers out and about these days. What's happened to them? Are there disadvantages to the mowers that have caused them to be passed by? Looking through their brouchure, they seem to have a lot of good features that appeal to me 1. Flip up front deck eases changing blades, mounting/demounting mulch kit, and reduces trailer space required to about that of a mid-mount mower. 2. A single deck discharges, mulches, and can bag, unlike the Walker 3. Deck height can be adjusted from operator position, unlike Walkers. 4. Front-mount deck seems to offer advantages trimming under stuff and getting into tight spots vs. mid-mounts 5. It has various attachments like the "aerovator" that are cheaper than buying comparable extra single-purpose machines. 6. It has deep 5.5" decks, how's the cut quality? 7. Seems affordable vs. Walkers which share some of the features. 8. I suspect turf damage is a little less with these mowers. Am I correct? It seems the weight is better balanced front to rear than with mid-mounts. Walkers seem to give a great cut and are tops for bagging and mowing fine turf. But I don't think that mower is what I need for wide open areas and cool season turf. Getting lots of power on a Walker gets pretty expensive, doesn't it? And I've not heard much about their heavy/tall grass mowing ability at higher speeds. I may be moving and will be cutting primarily Kentucky Bluegrass. I want a decently fast mower but don't need to fly at 12mph either. I welcome any comments from users or others who could point out potential pitfalls with this mower. I've used Lazers for years but have always liked features of Grasshoppers, plus sometimes it's good to have mowers with complimenting abilities. I will be using two mowers, one big and one small.