Originally Posted by TML
Thanks all for your responses. Like the hearing about all the high hour machines. At a price if over 11 grand for equivalent replacement it deffinatly seems like replacing the major components as needed is a decent way to go. The 20hp Kohler appears to be one of the better engines for long term durability in these machines.
The drive tires look almost new and the hopper is in amazing condition. The gear boxes look great as well. I'll spend the winter touching up some cosmetics with paint and a couple of new decals and replace the other tires with flat free replacements ect.
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A word of caution on flat free front tires. If you mow areas with curbs and hang the front tire over the curb to cut down on trimming, you will wear flat spots in the tires and will end up with a very bumpy deck. My flat frees didn't last very long before I chucked them.