OK, this is my first non-health issue related post in a while. But I happened to figure this out by accident due to the fact of all I've had going on lately. Here's the deal... The Lesco has a dual mode front axle. With the use of 2 quick pins, you can set it to pivot or set it to fixed/rigid. I for one LIKE this option and put it to use. In general, I run it in the fixed position because that is what I have became acustomed to using other rigid frame ZTR's. But I do like to switch over to pivoting on some sites, if for no other reason than to have the blades actually cut the grass once in a while in places where otherwise it tends to ride up and over the grass. Anyways, I had it set to pivot at one point before everything happened. I left it that way after that job and forgot it was set that way. So when I resumed and rolled off on the first job I had forgotten it was set that way. I said what the heck and left it that way because I didn't want to stop on a level place or drive back on the trailer to set it to fixed. This was one of the rougher and steeper properties that I wouldn't generally dare just select the pivot setting. So what I ended up finding out actually defies logic of what is 'generally accepted' as truth. What I found out was that the mower still seems to hold the slopes just as well as it ever did. I judge that from having it on some really steep slopes, but not the absolute steepest I have. In addition, what I found out over the course of an entire day was that the mower actually handles the steep rough places and off-cambers better with the axle set to pivot. That I had expected, but not to the degree of slope angle I was dealing with. I even cut some places in ways that I had learned not to cut them in certain conditions in order to avoid slipping. It was like right when the "pucker factor" was the highest, it rolled right on without event and without the slightest sign of slippage. The other part that defies logic is that most would think the mower would ride better this way. Well it does to an extent and you can tell it is noticable much easier on the mower to cross rough rolling terrain. But I actually wouldn't define the ride quality as better overall. This is because the ride is less rough in the area of up and down, back and forth bucking and choppyness. But at the same time the ride is more rough in the area of a lot more rocking back and forth side to side. It's not near as rough in that respect or near the beater that the 52" Lazer HP is. So it's not an exhausting rocking and bucking ride with sharp jolts... Just a lot more movement and rocking side to side that I did not expect. Anyways, I just thought all this was a bit interesting. And in addition, I do not think this is just limited to my Lesco either. As I remember, Country Clipper faired just as well with it's articulating axle and deck.