On my turf tracer the ECS controls are a bit stiff, they have been like this since the day I bought it, and Ive heard other ECS owners complain of this too.This is the way they are supposed to be too! Awhile back there was a guy on here that put S-hooks on the springs to lessen the tension,He said it did wonders for his, but I tried it with mine and the controls were much lighter, but the mower wouldnt even climb a slight grade,had to be completely flat, and I didnt even try to ride the velke with this set-up as Im sure it wouldnt have pulled! The S hooks he had in his pics were about 1.5" long, So I thought about trying to put smaller S hooks(around .75-1") and see if that helps. I tried a friends Ferris WB and those controls are feather light!! There has to be a way to solve this problem, my hands hurt so bad after working all day from these things! Anyone got any suggestions?