I have a small collection of 300/400 series deere garden tractors. All of which serve a separate task,mow,plow,till,snow removal. I recently purchased a new x534,used it a little last fall,this thing is a mere shadow of the mowers of days past. It is very nice to mow with,but i will be shocked if it lasts much more than 500hrs. Other than the engine,this thing is built pretty light. I really feel i should have saved my $$$ and restored my 332 or 430 to like new status. I do complete service every 25hrs.,as well as wash/wax regularly. I think my "old" mowers will still be going strong long after the 534 is in the scrap dumpster. I guess even deere has followed suit with the rest of the world in charging more and giving less. What are your thoughts on this?