I finally got to cut with my new Exmark Lazer HP tonight. Before judging the yard... please know: - It has been very dry here... and I have not gotten the sprinklers out yet. - I have not been able to put down any "weed and feed" yet do to vacation and shoulder surgery. - My neighbor mowed my lawn last week (due to my shoulder) with his Kubota Tractor. The grass was VERY tall and he does not have a Catcher. So I was not only mowing... but sucking up all the debris from last week. Considering how dry and messed up everything was... I thought it striped quite well. I do think the Hp was WAAY more maneuverable then my previous Grasshopper 618 front mount. There were a few spots under some trees I could not reach with the Exmark that the GH could. Overall I think the Exmark cut much cleaner then my GH did... and of course the striping roller does not hurt. The lazer is much more sensitive in the steering then my GH was. But by the time I got half the yard done I was getting used to it. I am not sure how I feel about the ROPS, I don't need it as my property is flat with no ditches... but the lights are mounted on it, even when I had the GH... I found myself mowing after dark often... so I use the lights. Let me know what you guys think. Once things green up and I start to get better stripes going... I will post results.