A guy gave me the LT1000 for nothing because he ran low on oil, lost the rod thru the case leaving a gaping hole in the engine. The tractor is in perfect shape with a 42" mower deck, new battery and great tires. Looked on Craigs list, found an 18hp Briggs older Craftsman for $150. When I got there talked him into $124. Brought it home, removed the engine, changed a couple of wires. Cleaned the carb, adjusted it and it sure runs fine. Great addition to the fleet. The guy has tons of money and no common sense obviously.