... i just looked at the specs 9lbs:!::!::!: and 33in closed:!::!::!:. that thing is a beast. ...
Not something you would want to take on a long hike, but a cast-iron tripod isn't all bad. Weight adds to stability, and that is the whole point of a tripod. If you are only going to be using it in a studio/home or carry it in a van without hiking far off the road, heavy is just fine. In general, heavy also means cheaper.
AlpineMan, you really should go look at tripods and get the feel of them. Often a shop will allow exchange within 30/60/90 days if you find that you bought something that isn't working for you.