I was mowing the grass with the ol' 2720 about 10:30 this morning. There was still some dew on the grass in the shady areas. Didn't think much of it. I just did my thing as I have many times in the past. Well in backyard there is a fairly steep slope that I have to sidehill to cut it. There I was, done this a bunch of times. All of a sudden the left rear tire got light. A little wet grass and a fresh mole hole caused the tractor to start to roll to my right!
A hour later, actually only a split second later I realized nothing had happened. I didn't roll. The tractor was fine, my ROPS was up, my seat belt was on. I was prepared. I'm glad I was. I don't think the tire actually left the ground, but I'm not sure. I let off the forward pedal immediately as my butt instantly grabbed the seat. That may have stabilized the tractor. I was able to continue on a few seconds later without a scratch.
I guess why I'm sharing this with you for a few things.
1. Don't get complacent. The one time you don't use your ROPS and seatbelt when you should, it may be a very bad day. Just because you've done the same thing a hundred times before, doesn't mean something won't happen today.
2. ROPS up, seatbelt on. ROPS down, seatbelt off. The theory behind this is simple. If the ROPS is up and you roll, the belt will hold you in the tractor and hopefully prevent major injury. If you decide to leave your ROPS down and you roll, you may have a small chance of jumping clear of a super heavy weight trying to crush you if your belt is off.
3. It CAN happen to you.
I finished cutting the grass without incident. I don't think anybody saw me panic for that split second.