This tractor exceeded my expectations mowing on side slopes. It maintains its power from the 4 cylinder engine compared to similar models with a 3 cylinder engine. Its steering is run off of the hydraulic pump rather than a belt driven power steering pump and it turns and handles easily, even in tight situations on slope.
My main concern was handling slopes since I have a farm in eastern Kentucky and central Kentucky. I have cleared much property with my dozer and can honestly say that I feel comfortable and confident with the tractor on side slope and using heavy mowers/bushhogs on slopes of 50% or greater.
The negative is that the steps could be made of thicker steel and the lift arm controls could also be thicker. But Yanmar makes a quality engine and drive train and have not taken any short cuts where it counts. The money was saved only on issues that I mentioned above and the operator with normal use should not encounter problems later on.
I was concerned about what I was buying and like many had to buy what I could afford. So, I opted not to buy Case or John Deere. I am now convinced and would purchase a larger Yanmar/Cub Cadet in the future if they make one.
Overall it is a great value. It performs at least on par with my neighbors same size Kubota for lots less.