I took my new Hustler Mini Fastrak 36 ZTR out for a spin this weekend and I have to report that I was extremely pleased with its performance. It took about half an hour to get used to the very sensitive steering, after which it became smooth as silk. It kind of reminds me of the Star Wars robotic machines where the machine responds to every twitch of the Star Trooper's body as he manipulated the steering levers. I took the machine to the edge of the cliff on my property, then turned around with an inch or so to spare, no problem. I would never have tried this maneuver with the old Craftsman riding mower. The cut was immaculate, pristine and simply beautiful. I criss-crossed an 18-degree slope with no problem, though I wish it had a seat belt and a rollover bar on because while the ZTR clung to the ground firmly, I felt in danger of falling off. I also hope the integrated EZT holds up over its 800-hour rating, which isnt really all that long (800 hours divided by 24 hours/day = 33 days only in dog years yikes! I wonder how long is that in human terms). Thanks, Hustler, for a fine product. Anyway, I ordered a mulching kit for this unit, and my question is should I keep the stock blades when I install the discharge plug, or should I replace them with Gator blades? There seems to be a controversy about whether the discharge opening should be plugged or not when using Gator blades. Thanks for providing a superb product and for taking an excellent pro-active approach to customer service and satisfaction. Truly a first class act. I said I bought this machine sight unseen, and I couldnt be more pleased with the results. How about a free baseball cap. Is this guy still with you - email@example.com - and is he still in charge of distributing these freebies to all members of this forum?