I just purchased a 2008 Grasshopper 223 - 52" cut ZT. It only has 48 hours and is immaculate in every way except one which I will mention below. The seller (2nd owner) did not have the owner's manual. Are the manuals available online and if so can you give me the link? The guy I bought this off of was trying to do a buddy of his a favor last year and bought the mower off him before it ended up as part of his divorce proceeding. He got it for a steal and in return was willing to part with it this year after realizing he really didn't need it. He wants to buy a boat and he figured it was the more valuable of the 2 mowers he has and he thought selling it made the most sense (money wise) and his older mower worked fine. I live in Ohio and the mowing season is really behind us but I picked it up for $4,000 which seemed very reasonable. Because of the quick change of ownership between the previous 2 owners, I am afraid that any scheduled maintenance was overlooked. Without the manual, I am not sure what should be done with a mower with less then 50 hours on it. Any advice from seasoned owners on what I should be doing? Lastly, the only issue was the previous owner ran one of the rear tires up against a tree limb lying on the ground and it put a gash in the tire rubber. He says the tire holds air fine but I was wondering if I should be concerned with a rear tire with a gash in the rubber on the sidewall? Thanks for any advice anyone can give me. Or pointers? Oops.. one last question. It is dark now and I took a flashlight trying to find the manufacturer's nameplate with model number, serial number and year. I did find a metal plate with the serial number and model number, but it does not mention model year. Is the year somewhere on the mower? Will the serial number tell me the model year? Not that I disbelieve the previous owner (seriously - this thing hardly looks used at all), but I was wondering if the model year appears somewhere on the mower?