Very sturdy tractor but it is hard to change gears, especially getting into 2nd and 3rd gears. Also steering wheel is much smaller in diameter than on my other tractors and is not easy to get used to. However, the steering is light enough, so you don't need a bigger steering wheel, but it feels strange.
The tractor is heavy and as a 2 WD tractor has NO problems going up fairly steep hills with a slasher, without the front wheels lifting. I have no additional weight at the front. It is well balanced.