Make Better Mowers
I've read enough about the plastic cam gear in the 445 to get me just a little bit shook. I purchased my 445 late last summer. The serial number of the tractor is mostly obliterated, BUT, the engine air cleaner sticker says that it was manufactured in June of 1998. I've searched too many hours with this information and cannot get a definitive answer. I'm eight hours short of 1500 hours and the machine is running well. I know the water pump can be removed to check on the gear if necessary but I hate to go to that trouble if not necessary. Is it possible that the plastic gear could have this many hours on it AND twenty years???