Its a front line machine. I got rid of my 36" Hustler because I either had to discharge or mulch the small stuff I couldn't get my 48" to. I didn't really like that, so I got the MC to replace my Hustler, for a better quality job in the small areas. World of difference over the Hustler! With some much appreciated help from LS member Jason Rose, got my lawn put in this weekend. Done mine and a small sod job for a customer on Saturday, then put down mulch at another customers on Sunday!