Tim from Pro-Ap was here yesterday. (they sell T's). We both agreed that the T3000 is currently "unmatched". We try to avoid driving over curbs when possible, cuz we think this is common sense. Yet we still do it occasionally. The '08 models were quickly upgraded with the underneath shield (just like Chevy Z71 pickups) that SAME YEAR ......so now I'm windering about what you are saying. "They finally added a skidplate"??? This was back in 2008 (not recently). Maybe we've just been lucky, but we have never sheared any bolts of any kind either. Regarding T3000 engines -- maybe we've been lucky again We sold two 2008 T3000 units with about 750 hours on them. Engines were as strong as ever. Never any oil usage either. (After a few hours of use, we switched to full synthetic 5W-30 motor oil). Regarding TURFCO service --this is one of two reasons we prefer TURFCO. The other is quality of equipment. We receive parts within 24 hours. They always answer their phones. What more do you want? Wash your car or do your laundry? Regarding trying to weld a cracked transaxle....that ain't something we would do. Our T's are too valuable to n*gger rig, etc. IMO this is also common sense.