A close friend of mine and a newer member here (afraid to post, don't ask) bought a used Craftsman GT5000, instead of the Massey 1655 I had thought would be a good tractor for him. He wanted it, but his wife is fond of craftsman, since they've been mowing 2 1/2 acres with a LT2000 for the last 10 years, yeah that's gotta be a record. It takes them the better part of the weekend to mow that much with an old mower with weak pulleys. The 2003 Craftsman had a 23 hp kohler that lasted all of thirty minutes before blowing up ten feet from the house. I would have thought these engines were better than that, but I guess we were both wrong. It had new oil in it and ran like a top. The only thing I can think is she tried to mow to tall, to heavy, to fast, very common with women folk mowing. There grass was a good 5 or 6 inches and I'm sure she thought, I'll whiz through this in one pass. There were no indications other than a puff of smoke and oil everywhere. There really sick since they blew a grand and their budget on a piece of crapsman mower. Should of bought the Massey 1655 with the Onan Twin for under a grand.