Thank you so much for this post! Eric was in his prime when I joined and I've yet to meet anyone more passionate in their work. I had an entry level Dixie Chopper, 50" deck, 17 hp Kohler and after reading Eric's posts I adjusted the deck height and tried double blades in hopes of striping like him. Of course I couldn't but I did stripe better and that little 17hp would handle double blades in dry grass. I got 10 years good service out of that DC 1701 and if I had a do-over I'd never have traded it to a new Grasshopper 226V. Eric's DC maintenance tips should be printed and saved by all DC owners. RIP Eric Elm. You are missed and well remembered.