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When I built my house I used my 9N to grade and seed this bank and mowed it for the next 10+ years with a 5' 3pt finish mower. Normal wheel spacing and NEVER lifted the mower deck while I was on the bank. It's not quite 45* but pretty close to it at the steepest end and I still mow it with a Kubota and belly mower.
The thing to remember about rubber tired tractors is wet grass will get you in trouble in a heartbeat, They will slide sideways long before they roll over and when the downhill wheel finally catches traction again good ole momentum will try to tip the uphill wheel up and over. I put my first one (Ford 800) in the the bottom of a ditch line almost 50 years ago while mowing the top of the bank early one dewy morning . I'd mowed that bank without incident many times before when the grass was dry. Had to get a wrecker to winch the old Ford out...
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