OK, for the first time, I just put on my mower deck, and took off the front end loader. Then just for practice, I put the loader back on. The deck was pretty easy, but took some maneuvering (about 5 mins total). However, I was totally amazed at how easily and quickly the FEL is taken off and put back on. Coming off, it took less time that the deck, but went right back on in even less time. It was a snap! Geez, what was I worried about?