This tractor has gone 200hrs without a hitch. I have not taken it to the dealer once, I just do an oil change at the manufacturers suggested times and it works great! It has a lot of power for a small tractor with a lot of options. I use it mainly for mowing a 2 acre lot (I have a 52" mower deck).
In the winter I use the KD600 60" Dozer Blade for clearing out our driveway and a few of our neighbors as well. When your snowed in, this little guy will get you out and if you feel generous, it will get everybody else' on the block out of their driveway!
This also starts without a problem in the 0ºF weather. (Would love the Snow Thrower, but I don't push enough to make it worth it at this point.)
I have also used the stump grinder, leaf blower, snow thrower, and the edger and I could not be happier with the quality of all of Ventrac's products.
It still looks great after 5 years. The paint job is immaculate and it holds its color really well with minimal fade.
This unit will last me a lifetime, or even more if it is maintained. The only reason I would get rid of this unit is if I move to a bigger property, then I would go with Ventracs 4000 series tractors :) Even then it would probably just get passed on to my son, I would not want to let this go!