I'm not sure I'm posting this in the right place but I will give it a try. To make a long story short, I just pulled out the Transaxle of my tractor to deliver it to my dealer for a oil leak repair. I could not remove the leaking shaft & it was complicated by finding a very small part laying in the bottom of the transaxle housing.
So, not wanting to add to the repair by causing any damage I took it in to the dealer. When I got there & went over what was going on with the mechanic, I told him that this stupid $4.00 oil seal is costing me two days of hard work to remove the transaxle & then to bring it to the dealer for the repair is nuts. I also told him that it appears that NOTHING on this tractor is actually a JD design. He asked me who I thought made the Transaxle. Told him it looks to me as if it came from Yanmar, who also is the engine maker as well. He say to me "Congratulations & welcome to the corporate world". In other words, it may be painted Green & Yellow & say Deere on the hood, but it is meaningless. And this did not start yesterday either. The transaxle is from a thirty year old tractor.
I guess my point being that we go out & buy this stuff & pay top dollar but for what? Just like the car companies & appliance makers, names are nothing more than a trademark & bear no proof of the real maker. So what is the initial needed repair? A stupid $4. oil seal. The problem is that the oil seal is INSDE the transaxle housing making it impossible to change out without a teardown of the transaxle & removal from the tractor. I've never seen anything as stupid as this thing. Speaking for myself only, I highly doubt I would ever suggest to anyone to buy a Deere or anything else. I'm not condemning JD either. I'm just asking what in the hell are we buying & paying for?