Quick question/survey regarding ROPS. I took delivery today of a 2009 Toro Z Master Z400 48" ZTR with the 7 guage deck (pic attached). My yard is 2 1/2 acres and I have a lot of trees. The Toro is replacing a Snapper ZTR1844 I bought 5 years ago that was a good machine except for the absolutely terrible stamped mowing deck. Finally got tired of spending several hundred $$ every season to repair the deck and replace the belt (it has broken every year for the last 3 years). I decided on the Toro due to 1) Fantastic dealer only a few blocks away (he has worked on my Snapper the last couple of years) and 2) a TON of research, most of it done here on Lawnsite and I want to thank everyone for all the honest, objective comments and suggestions you have provided to those asking for advice over the years! So, when mowing today, I had to be VERY careful going around my trees due to the ROPS. I caught one limb anyway and promptly popped a wheely. I have a few slight elevations, but nothing I believe would cause me to flip over, plus the Toro seems more sure-footed than the Snapper. However, it is about 300lbs heavier. What are your thoughts regarding removal of the ROPS? I can either remove it or trim my trees up a few more feet so the ROPS can clear. I am leaning towards removal, since the ROPS should protect me during a roll over, not cause one Thanks in advance!