Thanks Snapper Man, I'm in the process of narrowing the field in my purchase decision and the Cub Cadet is in the running do to the quality of our local dealer.I have a 2008 Cubcadet Commercial TANK with the 48" Select Cut System Deck and a 23hp kawasaki engine and the mower is awsome. It never ever bogs down and cuts absolutly beautifully. It stripes st. augustine which most other mowers cannot do. The ride is comfortable because of the articulating front axle and the standard suspension seat. I cannot speak for the collection system because I do not have one but Im sure it would work very good.