I use a finishing mower on a 2516 which is the same size as the max 28. I don't have lots of obstacles but it does well. With a little practice you can trim pretty good with it. If you go with a gear tractor i would go MMM, but if you go hst i would at least try a rfm. I went with the rfm from a zero turn. Like said before whats nice about a rfm is the price. It is a lot easier and cheaper to replace a rfm than a mid mount. The tractor will always outlast the mower, either way.