This was a good buy, especially now that I have been using it every season since 1999-2011 without major failures. It is also used to clear my 100' driveway in the winter with a push plow blade that connects under the chassis and is up/down controlled by the deck raise lever. quite a workhorse.
The only thing I see now is that tractors sold at Home Depot have come down significantly since I bought this. I paid $2999.00 back in 1999. I wonder why that is? Is quallity compromised or are the new tractors being build for less cost?