This is an excellent heavy duty compact tractor. Although well designed, it had some production short comings that could have caused significant damage. The steering cylinder came loose and nearly fell off. A heat shield on the exhaust fell off and fortunately lodged where it could do no damage.
If the heat shield had fallen the other direction, it would have hit the fan blades. An 8" propriety hydraulic hose failed at 250 hours and appeared to be defective. But once these "bugs" were corrected, the tractor seem to be durable.
There were other small issues at the beginning like hydraulic leaks which were easily corrected. 1000 hours will be the real test. I would recommend this tractor because it is significantly heavier in design than it's comparable competitors. I use this tractor to grade 2.5 miles of private road so it gets a considerable workout.