Thanks for the reply, thats exactly the info I was looking for. I will get the mulching cover and put the gator on it. Cuts very nice with the factory blade with the 3 holes on the wingtips and side discharge, havent even sharpened it yet.they work ok on grass with the gator but these excel at mulching leaves with the gator. that's one of briggs best engines. far better than what you g et today. also these are the best bagger bar none.