They sit so low that when you cut with them all the dust settles on the tractor..........and YOU! I had one back a few years ago before the 1872. I love the engines! They are soooooo smooth! On a whole they are a bit of a problem due to constant little maintenance.....belts and mower pulleys/spindles. But to pick up, clean up and resell they are great because of low cost and ease of selling.
Yeah, always a litle bit of maintenance. This year I caught up on some outstanding issues and some on going ones. Put a tube in a front tire, topped up the leaky tranny, replaced a seal and changed the engine oil. Still can't figure out why the starter is such a slug. Next year I will go after the seal in the tranny, if I have to, I guess.
Nice! Doesn't look bad at all. Heck the seat isn't even cracked! Is it an old horizontally opposed Briggs twin? Those are fairly smooth buggers. Kinda gas hoggy, but decent power. I think it was mostly the EPA that did away with'em. Is it gear drive?