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Nothing wrong with the TORO SFS decks, the design is to cut and eject the clippings and to that end they do a fine job. You might have to make a second pass on the lawn occasionally (after the first pass dries) to make the clippings disappear but that is true of a lot of deck designs. IMHO the only weakness of SFS is that it is a stamped steel deck with welded reinforcement at the stress points and will not take a beating like a fabricated steel deck.
i love my toro SFS deck... so what if u have to cut it twice... just charge for double cutting.. what i do is charge 1.5x if i have to double cut... customers dont complain becasue they like the look after i have gone over it and there is nothing on the surface. As far as blades, i use the standard solid foil blades that u get from the toro dealer. the cut is great and it can cut the tallest grass with minimal effort. i also have the "atomic mulching blades" that do a great job on mulching leaves.. i dont have a mulching kit either. I think that the people that bad mouth this deck either a) dont know that they are talkin about, b) dont know how to use it, or c) have their mind set on a different mower and complain about the one they have so that the wife will be like get a different one so i dont have to hear you B###h. just my .02 cents