Hey I'm new to the forum. I'm trying to gather some information. I purchased a 2003 gx345 54" deck with a 20hp liquid cool engine 2 months ago. It started smoking pretty bad and I took it back to the dealer and we were worked out a deal to get it fixed. Many parts were replaced and they say it's pretty much a new rebuilt engine. It runs great now, like new. With the purchase and the fix I have $2600 invested in it....the guy I bought it from has a 2004 Z727a on the lot with 525 hours. It's got the 54" 7iron deck with a power flow bagger system. This mower has the 23hp air cooled engine. He's willing to take my lawn mower plus $500 for the zrt. Meaning I'm really paying $3100 for it. It sounds like a great deal. But I get worried when I'm trading in a great mower for one I don't know much about. I love the professional look a zrt makes on the lawn. I aerate every year, will a zrt pull an aerator with cement blocks?......anyone have experience with the 23hp kawi? Good or bad?
My lawn has been mowed with a garden tractor and zrt so my landscape is not an issue with either one.
What would you do? Give up a gx345 with a rebuilt engine to get a zrt with only 525 hours or play it safe and keep the gx345?