Bet it scared you LOL Good point.
My wife was spotting me and stopped me when the front wheels were ~6" off the ground at which point, I slowly backed up until they were on the ground again.
The local utilites in all their wisdom bracketed the overhead door on my shop with a pole on one side and 2 guy wires on the other. But who dun it gets complicated. The power company put up the pole and a guy wire that was clear of the door if a bit close. Then the phone company came along and strung a 2nd guy wire below the first and closer to the door. I have caught the 2nd guy wire on the ROPS a couple of times and not always in a gentle way. Do not think I will ever get close enough to it to pin my had between the ROPS and the guy wire :)
Yup I love ROPS. Enough people got crushed mowing so I do see the need.
Pretty much all of the tractors sold today are very reliable. When I bought mine the warranty wasn't high on my lists of things to worry about. Probably the most important part is finding the tractor that fits you. Each one is a little different. Sounds like you found the right one for you. Congrats.