Hi all, new to forum. I have a 1976 Ariens Hydrostatic Garden Tractor with a 42" mowing deck. Very heavy machine and has worked well for years. The mowing deck just broke, but may be fixable. I am guessing it will be $400-$500 to fix it. I have looked at a new deck which is $1,200. For that price I can also et a gang mower. My fear is that with such an old tractor, I will buy a new mowing deck and the tractor will die so I get stuck with a $1,200 Ariens mowing deck I can't use anywhere else. However, the gang mower can be used with any other tractor, but they are kind of a pain. My only other option is a new machine, possibly a zero turn machine. I am trying to decide between a new Ariens mowing deck, a gang mower that I can pull with my Ariens tractor, or just replace the whole shooting match with a new machine. Any thoughts, comments or guidance? Thanks in advance.