That's a great story, this one has 1200 hours he said he would deliver it this weekend , 1200 hours on it . Can't beat 750 with a plow and all .I parked a 265 this fall that was the first mower that I ever ran. The Kawasaki engine started knocking. GREAT mower. The farm that I grew up on bought it new in 1991. I drove it 6 days a week from about 9 in the morning until dark except for the two days I had little league games starting at age 9. It was a pretty big farm, and we had to start over as soon as we finished. I personally drove it for 3 or 4 years until I graduated to other more important labor. A couple years later, my dad bought it at the auction when the farm split up. There is absolutely no telling how many hours are on that machine. The hour meter quit a long time ago. My dad got tired of messing with it after I moved away from home (dirty fuel) and drug it out into the bushes. I asked for it when I found out he was going to scrap it. I got it about a year ago, cleaned the carburetor, emptied the gas multiple times to get all the trash out, replaced the drive pulley that was frozen and adjusted the valves. It ran like a top. I shut it off when it started knocking a couple of months ago, but I am looking for a used motor right now. I think I will be able to find one in the 150-200 dollar range.
I definitely would trust a former engineer that worked for the company that builds them. I guess the point is, the ones sold at the box store are not the same quality as the ones that they only sell at the dealership. If you buy new or used, the dealer only ones are made better.