Talked to my Exmark dealer today and inquired about getting the micro mulch system for my TTHP 48". For $145 I could get the system, blades, baffles and all OR I could run Gator mulching blades for about $38. There are pros and cons to both. Working in upstate NY where the rain has made almost daily visits, it would be hard to justify the mulching system. But then again, I would not have to worry about throwing debris, stones, grass, things of that nature into cars, houses, beds, that would just take more time to clean up at the end of the job. The main reason I am looking now is because of fall cleanups. They told me that the mulching system would work GREAT while there are few leaves and they are dry. Then they said that once the leaves start piling up and they get a little damp, forget about it. That is when they said the Gator blades would work better. I have done alot of research on the subject and still have not come up with any sort of answers. Although saving $100 bucks appeals greatly to me, would it be worth it though? Are there any other suggestions that I may have missed? BTW, I am running stock blades now and side discharging, and double cutting lawns that have leaves on them. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!