I just had the brake retrofit done on my Toro 52" Gear Drive. It handles like a completely different machine. I drove it around a little in the parking lot, but haven't tried it out very good yet. There's a lot more travel between forward engage and braking on the T-Bar. Now it actually has a "neutral" position. The brakes come on much more gradually and don't lock and slide the tires. It still feels "heavy", but nothing like before, the belts are way out of adjustment, so, I'll be able to tell more when I can readjust everything and give it a good try. I got a lot of leaves to tackle tomorrow, I may try to block off the chute and use it some (been mulching with the JD345). If anyone has this model, take it to the dealer and get this done!