Replace engine or replace tractor
My craftsman (7 years old)DLT2000 917.272261 with the 25HP B&S Intek shattered BOTH connecting rods after 272 hours - maintenance was regular as prescibed. Engine is model number 45777-0154-e1. I found engine model number 445777-0315 for $580. Is this a direct bolt-in replacement?
I have already rebuilt the deck, replaced the front spindles and am worried about the Hydrostatic drive. Is it worth the $ to replace the motor or should I be looking for something a bit more durable?