My 60D MMM on my 1025R is a problem in my lawn areas due to gouging. I thought I might eliminate the problem with a rear finishing mower. Borrowed my neighbor's 72". Many observations:
1. The 72" scalped the crap out of the lawn. My lawn is not really rough, but a lot of level changes and all slope. the level changes quite often are within a 72" distance, so the outside support on the mower doesn't see the peak in the middle. Looks worse than the MMM.
2. The way you mow with a RFM vs a MMM is very different. Advantage backing into areas between trees with the RFM. Trimming close around a tree, advantage MMM. Both will do most any task, just different approach.
3. Max height for the trails and a little closer cut on the lawn? RFM can't do it. It can, but with much more work than I want to invest. I can run down the trail with MMM on high then drop it down when I get to the lawn areas, then up, down, etc. This is a big deal for me. It never occurred to me before I used the RFM.
4. Definitely needed the front weights installed. I add them when ever I take the FEL off and mount the MMM. MUCH better control with 160# up front and nothing but the quick hitch in back. But with the RFM, pulling it up over a rocky trail section on a slope, put a little pucker in the trip. And a little front grip issues on uphill turns with it up.
I'll stick with a MMM. Changing height on the fly is much needed on my place. Yes I need to level my yard and maybe the RFM would do a better job than the MMM. I can't get rid of the slopes, so I am stuck with the gouging and low cuts on the downhill side. 54" MMM may well do a better job, but the stronger construction of the 60D is needed in the fields and trails.
Again my opinion....