I probably should have mentioned all the times I've had to repair the mower deck. I got it used for $425 out of the local paper's ads, of all places. When the course first started, I mowed it with a 48 inch brush hog. That was a high stress horrible job. Then I saw this 72 inch deck in the Weekly Wipe
and was the first to call on the ad. It was originally a $1200 deck, but I'm sure it's well over two grand now. Here's a used one I could get for $1450 now:
Over the years I've had it, I've had to rebuild the gear case (after it blew an oil seal) and have broken or lost so many parts I can't even remember. I usually break it several times a season. Right now, it needs new bushings on all four wheels. We can thank the bumpy ground for the wear and tear. If it wasn't for the elk and moles, I could probably mow this place at over ten miles per hour. As it is, 4 MPH is about as fast as my old back can stand with the bumping around. The amount of mowing I do weekly in high spring and summer is about 40 miles a week. Well, that's DG course biz. Come and huk with me. That's why I do it.