I cut em for a number of reasons all of them very appropriate.
they were getting really heavy my neck or back was usually in pain. So I decided to cut just a couple here and there and once i found a moldy build up i quickly decided to cut them all off.
after 7 years they were down to my ass, and about 5 pounds in weight. i may lock up again someday but not for awhile, I post before and after pics once i upload them.