Ive had my new JD HD45 out for a week now, it has pistol grips and I swear by the end of the season Im going to be able to rip a phone book in half from the workout its giving my hands. Either that or have arthritis in them. I do alot of side hills where you have to constantly have both hands working the handles. I have normal sized hands (I think) and I have to stretch my fingers to reach the hydro controls when at mowing speed. Is this normal? Can you adjust them so there is less travel in them? It took me an hour of "lefty loosey, righty tighty" to get the thing running in a straight line on its own. I bought its as a demo with 40 hours on it and they are still looking for the manual which would prob tell me all this.