Re: Melroe Bobcat M500
That one is belt driven with centrifical clutch, which isn't a problem unless it's bad , belt is around $100.00 clutch is worse. Check that area out real good. They are good little machines for "around the house" type work.
Get a good roll cage don't make one, wouldn't be legal. You can find Bobcat junk yards all over.
I've had Cub Cadets new and old, Old Case when they first came out, Simplicity, Ariens, But I love my Wheel Horses - 93 520H, 90 520H Modified, 79 D-200.