I read a thread here not too long ago about putting weights on the front of walkbehinds to keep the nose from popping up. Well, here in Tennessee it is hill country, big time. So, I tried it. It works great!!!!!!!!! I have cut my mow time down considerably. I can go up hills faster without having to man handle the beast as much and I can make my turns a little faster as well. Furthermore, I can mow at a faster speed on level ground as well, because the small bumps and holes don't cause the nose to rise. I do have a question however. I have only been doing this for a week or so and therefore, I have not used this in all types of turf conditions. Are there any downsides to weighting the nose on a walkbehind? My initial thought was, why didn't the manufacturer do this when the machine was built? They had to have known about this issue. Did they leave the nose light for a reason? Thanks again for the great suggestions.