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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Southern Indiana
I have a GT5000 with the fender mounted hydro lever. For me, it hasn't been an issue. Why? I've only owned fender mounted hydros (last before the GT was a Sabre), and I've simply gotten used to them. I like being able to keep my hand resting on the lever, sort of a natural position for me I guess.
I do have the electric lift on the sleeve hitch, and have used it to grade my drive with the rear grader blade attachment, as well as a test run with the moldboard plow in my garden plot. I've had no real issues adjusting to driving, raising/lowering, and controlling speed.
In short, I think its more of what you get used to and giving yourself time to adjust, as Ed said. Also, I tend to agree with Ed that you should probably give it some time to adjust and see how you like it in the end.