I'll take a mini way more places than a full size hoe, any day. The blade allows you to at least get yourself somewhat stabilized, although that can be a false sense of security. For their size, their center of gravity is much lower. The booms on minis aren't nearly as heavy relative to their lower structure as full size hoes. It's not steep enough until you have to climb facing downhill and pushing yourself uphill. I've gone up slopes steep enough to lift the uphill end of the undercarriage off the ground a little while facing uphill and keeping the boom relatively low. That's a little unnerving and I'm not a fan, all it takes is little slide backwards down the hill, hit a hole/stump/whatever, the hoe stops but gravity doesn't, hoe goes over backwards and there you are with a front row seat to carnage. I prefer to climb facing uphill but sometimes it doesn't make sense and it's best to spin around and push. Not sure where everyone get's this "city boys don't climb slopes attitude". Project I just came off of had 95 feet of 1.5:1, smack dab in the middle of an urban area. Dive down that in a 6R will put hair in places you didn't now you had.