I have read where several people say they took the front weight off their V Ride so that it would handle hills better. Can someone explain the engineering principle behind this concept? I might take mine off, but I would like to know why this will help me on hills. And is it gonna make it more likely to to have the front raise up when climbing straight up a hill. My biggest property is a lake lot and its steep. It started to sprinkle a little today and I ended up running my mower into a landscape bed when it lost traction on a turn and slid down the slope. I was fast enough to hit the PTO and grabbed the deck lift handle while holding both sticks in one hand and no damage was done to mower - bed needed some re-working after I got the mower out though. Luckily the client did not see me. Next year I will pick up a walk behind for this property, but for now the V Ride is all I got - and the money is good. Clean-ups, 120 yards of mulch on adjoining property, 40 yds on his property, he has me re-do beds occasionally, blah blah blah - its a good job - just sorta tough to mow with what I have.