Close to full throttle? He should have said FULL THROTTLE! Small engines are designed to run at full throttle for efficient cooling. Same thing for the hydro system. My buddy puppypaws wife does most of his mowing on the chicken ag farm everyday. I don't think she's a very big woman. I don't think puppy is real big man. I've gotten to where I don't even use the foot bar much any more. I kind of cross my legs at the ankles for the most part just kicking back and enjoying the ride. Big rigs are nice for big areas.