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Help: your advice on 12.5LTH

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I've been shopping for a used mower for a while now and have determined that Simplicity makes great machines. I have found an early 90's 12.5LTH in very good condition. Seat is great, engine seems to run great, chasis is in very good condition overall. I can get it for $350. My yard is about 3/4 acre of grass area. There are a couple decent size hills.

1) Your advice on price
2) Owner claims deck size is 36". I didn't know Simplicity built that model with 36" decks. I thought they were 38".
3) Are there mulch kits available for an early 90's 12.5LTH?
4) Is 12.5HP enough to climb hills? I've read on this forum and elsewhere that HP comparisons of old and new tractors is not apples to apples. I'm concerned though that 12.5HP might not really be enough for anything more than flat land with maybe small hills.

Thank you for your input.
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You will like the Simplicity, thier cutting quality is second to none for the price, you get the ablity to stripe your yard like the commercial mowers due. Just keep the deck clean inside, we have one at work with low hours, but was run low on oil and it blew one of the rods. But due to the previous owners lack of maintaince, the deck is totaly rotted out. When the grass is wet, make sure you scrape or otherwise clean out all the grass from the deck after mowing. Grass is very acidic when its wet and can eat thru a deck in a couple of years if you dont keep it cleaned out. Post some pics of your new machine when you can. Mike
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