Location: Live in Ontario but weekends are spent on our farm in western New York
Re: Thoughts on snapper, Murray or Craftsman rer
I'm no expert but i have an older one. It looks like the Forest Gump model. You should check to see that the drive disk is in good condition and that the rubber boots covering the rear axle are good.
The next one i buy will be a High Vac as I expect it would give a better cut. They are fun to drive. Mine goes like a bat out of hell in reverse!
Well too late now but I was going to suggest lifting on each rear standard and watching for the amount of play up/down in rear wheel bushing. Bushing replaceable iIF not worn into support and axle damaged. Right side play bad news.
Partial answer to above question about standard and "Extra Heavy" Snapper is ball bearings instead of bushings on rear axle, can't think of others.