Swapping Honda engines and decks
I have a Honda HRB217HXA (8 years old) with a good engine but the hydrostatic transmission is dead. I have a chance to buy a Honda commercial HRC215 with a bent shaft with an asking price of $200 on craigslist. I have several questions, the first being is that a fair price for essentially the deck and transmission. The second question is will I be able to easily swap the engines. I'm thinking not as my mower is belt drive and the commercial Honda's I believe are shaft drive. In addition, mine has a Xenoy deck and I believe Honda commercial mowers are steel. I have never done anything this complicated before but I'm able do my own maintenance on my mowers, two lawn & garden tractors and other lawn equipment. Any advice from you mower mechanics out there would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot,