I have read so many discouraging posts regarding the L series tractors here that it is refreshing to see somebody who has numerous hours and no real issues. I hope your posts provide encouragement to those contemplating a purchase or who are worried about their newer L series purchase. It does, however, make you wonder who is the exception and who is the rule. I hope you guys are the rule.
Even the best designed machines aren't worth a darn if you don't maintain them.
I wonder how many people give a tractor a bad rap because the are lax in maintenance and then blame the machine? I see more attention to detail and maintenance by people who visit lists like this and are not of the
"I put gas in it and it goes.." mentality.
keeping up the maintenance is more than half the battle. I have 178K on one SUV, 125K on a truck, and run them more than 138 miles a day back/forth to work and never had a major issue. I can probably attribute lots of this success to maintenance.
I've put 50 hours this season on my L130 that sat for 2 years doing nothing before I got it and my only complaint that I haven't addressed as yet is the 2.1 gal fuel tank (this is coming with a 4gal from a LA series, It will fit) .
I added the adjustable drag links on the front to fix the toe-in problems and this is by far and away the best mower I have owned.
I would consider spindles as well as belts and blades a 'consumable' item and part of the cost of operating a lawn tractor.
Keep doing the maintenance, keep running it and start putting a few $$ away for that next tractor if you feel that you must. If you don't need to buy one then you have that money in the bank getting some (at this point in time.. meager) interest on it and you'll be ahead of the game if you need to find one. If a deal comes along like mine did (L130, 50 hours $350.00) then don't pass it up.
Don't go EXPECTING your current one to fail because it will always seem to live up to your expectations.