Thanks. So far, I'm really loving this thing. It really needs some sort of suspension seat (Deere being cheap bastages and all ), but other than that, it is great. I sorta worked (or parlayed) my way up to this one. I don't like to finance them, so I bought what I could here and there and slowly worked up to it buying and selling many different machines (not just mowers), until I could pay for it without strain. Yea, I think you're right about the slope degree thing. Hard not to overdo it when you get something you reallly like. Been there done that too.