If you use the 3PH hitch control lever, you have mechanical lift. If you use the loader joystick to raise/lower the mower along with having to connect a hose to your mid QDs, you have independent lift. :good2:i have a 1023e. i noticed in the lift setup that one of the steps is "if you have a mechanical lift". how do you determine if you have a mechanical lift? not familiar with the terminology.