I've read all the posts on various steering systems. I know everyone has their favorite. I've used T bars on hydros and belts and think they're superior on belts and problematic on hydros. I know the advantages of the H bar and find some of the other systems interesting. But that said, I want to know the whole truth, so please put your personal ego investment in your choice aside. Are pistol grips a problem? I have done quick dealership demos on various steering systems, but that's not the same as using it in real life situations, such as hills, under trees, backing out of tight spots, etc. I have ocassional opportunities to pick up hydro pistol grip mowers for a lot less than a new Hustler hydro, so I have to consider that, especially since my current need is for a 36-44" deck unit that will only see use on occasional gated back yards, berms too steep for a ZTR, small lawns with lots of backing and turns, and as a backup, and even then, only in situations where pulling a 21" mower off the truck quickly won't do. So I won't be able to say I can pay $2500 more now and earn it back in productivity quickly. For technical reasons I need to sell my two belt drive units (one can't mow high enough, the other can't mulch, and neither can back in and out of tight spots w/o wearing me out ) and if I'm making a change I want to go hydro. If I can manage with a pistol grip that does everything I need and have it not instantly send my hands into cramp mode, then I would consider it. So, is it reasonably relaxing and fatigue-free to use a pistol grip for short periods? Or not?