Advice on mower I may buy in a day or so..
Not sure if this is considered a mower or a tractor so sorry in advance if in wrong area.
Sorry for the long post but tried to be at detailed ss I could.
A long time friend (30+ years) called me last night asking if I knew anyone needing a riding mower.
Well I live on a big steep hill so i was interested. His aunt bought this this and it is a 2007 model. All was fine till late this spring/early summer when a part called a spindle was damaged. They didn't know how to fix it and my friend, who is a long term mechanic was in the hospital for a long time, so they went out and bought a new one (actually 2). He fixed the spindle today and did a few other things. Stll wants to do a few more things like grease it ,change oil, add a battery tender, touch up the cutting deck. I test drove it for about 1 hour at my house an it ran fine. It WILL take some getting used to dealing with my hills but I think I can do it with time and practice. Unit did not look show room new but also looked like it had been kept inside and was in good shape.
Now what I need advice on;
This mower is called a John Deer LA 150 with 52 in cutting deck. The engine is a brigs straton V twin 26hp.
Don't know anything about John Deer and just a little about brigs. I know they are supposed to be decent but not maybe in the same league as Honda (what I have for my self propelled mower). Would synthetic oil help with engine life?
Financially I am going out a limb (Christmas bonus) to buy this thing if do.
They asked 700 and and I offered 500. It looks like we both can agree on 600. Wil know for sure tomorrow, but friend says aunt called back and it's a 99% deal at this point.
But is this a good unit and is it worth this much?
Friend is good about helping me keep it maintained so I have that going for me as well.
Thoughts? Let me know as I need to decide soon.'
Thank you in advance,