123GO this threads is almost 11 years Old that your responding toIn long life expectancy the lighter weight unit will in most cases last a tad longer when its apple's to apples (same trans/ same engines/same care). Power steering wears on a small tractors hydro too.
If memory serves me a GX is 100+lbs more weight and over time that added weight wears a tad faster on a hydro trans & engine. Hydros especially wear out fast if large hills are involved like my area and why I avoid Hydro units like the plague. I do have a pile of reminders neighbors & friends left for me to scrap someday soon..lol
Yes the K71 trans is more in the mid range so maintaining & limiting towing capacity within the units true capabilities are key to making one last longer but regardless how well its cared for its not going to last generations like older real Garden Tractors have.
One must understand the materials/designs are not even close to the true Garden Tractors of yesteryears gone bye.
These are no Wheel Horse or JD with engine/trans made of high grade tractor iron in/out so dont expect to use these tractors the way those old units will withstand without consequences for such actions. Nor will these operate countless attachments like true Garden Tractors that came before them.
Smoother riding? Oh yes these are like Lexus smooth but smooth certainly isnt worth all their major limitations. Not in the least!
GT is just a sticker but it once meant its a Garden Tractor but thats not been true in decades!
Sad to see whats rolled out of our factories, even more sad for the greatest generation who built us the best so very long ago to witness it all. Thank you all.
My first Wheel Horse I bought turns 45yrs old this season and never yet had its first major. Its Kohler still burns no oil between changes. Yes I sure do thank you all & I appreciate all your hard work! Lot of Hoosier pride & love went into the old Wheel Horse tractors. It still flows as you can tell by their owners, it still flows man.
I commend you all!