Johnbron, since I am a little nervous about getting around and slipping, the black is non skid paint available at most hardware stores. I have it on the floor pan (sorry to mess up your paint job Bud) and on the pedals. Also there is a patch of it on the mower where I step getting on and off.
George, the spring on the handlift is easily adjustable to balance the Mott. I have found however that if you leave the spring adjusted to the point that it requires just a little pressure to lift it there is less beating of the lever when you have the mower off the ground. The 48 inch Mott requires about the same or slightly less power than a 42 inch Woods. I have a spot in the lower part of my yard where there is a wet weather spring that I wish for more power, however my flail is used for rough cutting (weeds, brush, roadside with rocks, etc.) and the blades are always dull. A flail is bad to wrap up if you get into tall stringy grass such as Fescue up to the axles, but this can be remedied by making a high pass and then a low one. Also they are a real pain if you happen to wrap up about 30 feet of Gaucho barb wire.
I paln to bring mine to Cubarama, and there may be a place to try it out if you can make it. I also am planning to take it to Mo Red Power the week before cubarama.
About the only time I have had a problem with the handlift is using the rear scoop. Just to much to lift.