I'm just letting off some steam here.... I picked up a used 48" Bunton about 2 months ago. It's an older unit, but had a practically new Briggs 12.5 engine. It mowed great for a few weeks. Then, the engine blew...cracked the block really good. To make a long story short, there was a dead mouse (mummified) between the cylinder and the air ducting. Once some clipping got in there, no air flow. It was a freak incident, so I bought a new engine, installed it and began to mow again. Then I hit a root and bent one of the casters. A few weeks later, I hit another root and snapped a caster support. That one had been welded, so I guess it was about due. Sunday, I was mowing the lawn and a blade belt let go. It's didn't just snap, it blew up into about 50 bits of rubber. With tension off the spindle, I noticed that spindle had more play in it than I originally thought. So yesterday, I ordered 3 new spindles from J-Thomas. (I think J-Thomas's kids will now be fully funded for college thanks to my mower.) My wife asked me what else could possibly go wrong with this mower. I told her that since she asked (jinxed!), I'll probably be rebuilding or replacing the transmission some time in July. Given all that's been replaced, I'm hoping this thing lasts for another 10-15 years. I've practically rebuilt 80% of it. It cuts like no other though. I finished the back yard with the tractor last night and it does not even come close to cutting/striping like the Bunton.