thanks for the info. the lever i was referring to is the front lift lever. atleast that's what the manual refers to it as, i'm not sure what it's used for....front push blade...snow blower...something along those lines?
the hour meter on this thing is 460'ish hours, so hopefully it's good for several more.
i think once i get the deck leveled and figure out how to raise it, it should do a great job on the yard. using the raise/lower lever, i have it all the way raised but it still cuts pretty dang low. if i don't read where i'm doing something wrong, i guess i'll raise the deck to the upper hole on the clevis that raises/lowers the deck...should raise it another 1" roughly.
and another question....what's the pto shaft for? mounting a hydraulic pump to power certain attachments....turning a pulley for belt driven attachments? not that it matters much, i probably won't ever use it for anything, i'm just curious.