I vote no for the LT133. I prefer foot driven hydrostatic transmissions. That allows you to drive like a car with an automatic. The LT133 has a gear shifted transmission so one hand to steer and one hand to shift gears. Also, there are many hand controlled hydrostatic models which operate in the same manner as gear shifting.
You seem to already know that the really good deals get snatched up in minutes. In other words, expect to pay more if you cannot monitor craigslist.
Not sure what your budget is but $500 only get you a used lower end model tractor similar to the L120. Again, there are some spectacular deals, but don't count on them falling in your lap when you really need it.
The LX1xx and LX2xx series will have enable you to drain and fill the transmission. Same for GT2xx and GT3xx.
Most of the LTxxx do not have a drain and fill. You will have to remove the transmission and replace the trans fluid (commonly is motor oil). Search on here or watch YouTube for help.
Last edited by MT248; 06-24-2019 at 11:19 AM.