Originally Posted by ALC-GregH
This is not true. The operators are what will dictate the life of the hydros. Proper use of front brakes will do nothing to the hydros. Anyone can go out and buy a piece of equipment and beat the living crap out of it in one day and destroy it. In reality, applying the front brake (not trying to lock it up, just lightly applying them) while moving will only simulate a load similar to riding up a hill IF you don't back off the controls.
Right, anything can be torn up. However, I would think having just front brakes is a recipe for disaster for a lot of homeowners and the many bone heads you see driving Mowers. Are there exceptions to the rule? Sure. Lots of careful operators out there. The manufacturers have to try to make a machine that is both reliable and relatively easy to operate for operators of all experience levels.
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