I bought this machine used from a private party in Sept. of 2001. It approx. 4000 hrs on it. I purchased a piece of land and used this machine to put in a driveway 300'. Cleared out 1 1/2 acres and dug out for my house. I also used it for installing my septic system and put all my utilities underground.
It has been a reliable machine. When I first bought it I purchased a JD repair/service manual. Just keep up on the grease and PMs and you will prevent problems from happening.
Now I use it around the yard for snow removal, driveway maintenance, and for hauling Cordwood. Overall, I am very happy with this machine.