Have been updating my 260 with a new Xpanded thumb and have been doing a lot of reviews on the new backhoe setup vs the old setup. Also viewed many videos of the competing brands and somewhat trying to understand the changes. I know corporate likes changes and new equipment as nothing can remain static for many years. However in a lot of videos I noted that the operators use the hole, especially with the thumb from the operator's seat which I especially like. I've noticed that some folks have an extra helper at time step up on the tractor to move it while they run the hoe. With the new design it appears the seat blocks the operator from reaching the control from the front seat and would also prevent someone from entering the drivers area. I wonder if Deere did this as a safety change or you have be at one or the other places. I do like some of the added features of the new hoe, the step and pins. They also dropped down that 1/8" metal for the thumb. I've never seen complaints about the other design or maybe I missed them and wonder why they made this seat change. Am looking forward to using the hoe and this forum has been very informative.