I run that same year machine everyday. Our company has owned the machine since new and we have run a 62" deck on it of many years. Just be aware that some basic changes have been made like the motor is different. It's mechanically the same but is mounted 180 degrees from the newer ones. This should never be a problem unless you need to order one. The newest speed-up kit may not work on this machine but it's just for your lawn. That machine with the all terrain tires will side-hill where the Dixie won't. Believe me, I can do some sick things with my Dixie Extreme and would never be without it now but I still have to pull out the old Walker SD for the most ridiculous hills. It will do crazy hills at any angle meaning diagonally, up and down or side-hill. You should love it.