Any ideas when my 12 year old Sears Craftsman 38' rider will die?
I bought my 13.5 HP, 38" Craftsman riding mower almost 12 years ago now. It gets a Spring tuneup every year (by me) which involves topping off the oil, cleaning the air filter and sharpening the blades. I've probably put two new spark plugs in it over the years. In terms of repairs, I had to replace the muffler about three years ago when the old one plain rusted off, had to replace the main belt a couple of years ago and had to replace the mulch plug a couple of times over the years. It still runs like a champ. Just finished the Spring Tuneup and it started right up (again) like it does every year. However -- I'm starting to wonder just how long this 'wonder' will last.
I mow about 3/4 of an acre in Ohio and I roughly estimate this mower has about 500 hours of usage on it. My bottom line question is: how much longer should I expect this puppy to last? I have an opportunity to buy a 38" Yard Machine that supposedly was only used 6 times for $400. I wonder if I should buy it and store it until my 12-year wonder dies? Thoughts?