The Good: Great engine. I have never had an issue with this tractor's engine. It has been garage kept and has never failed to start. One tune up and six oil changes! That is impressive in my book.
The Bad: I want to make sure that you know I push this little tractor way past its intended use. I pull more weight and take it through high grass and brush regularly than it should be expected to handle.
I have replaced the front axle, the steering linkage, and have rebuilt the K46 transaxle twice now, once for the motors and once for the differential. One set of blades and two deck spindles.
If you are considering a D series from a local box store, be warned, these are lighter machines and can not be used (abused) as anything other than grass cutters and very light hauling. You will end up replacing lots of parts if you do. I might have been better served to upgrade into the X series and paid the difference for the way I use it. So I can't really blame the tractor.
And now I have just moved and have a gravel driveway that will need maintaining, along with two acres that will need mowing. I am deciding between a compact tractor with a belly mower and front end loader and box blade, or a zero turn and a used tractor like an 8N Ford.
My concern is the compact tractors will not handle dragging the driveway, does anyone have any thoughts about this. I hate to buy another undersized machine.