I found your post about the Home Depot mower comment interesting. My wife just informed me that our lawn mower (John Deere GT275) was shot...she was really unhappy since as she said "it isn't that old". New belt on the power flow bagger took care of the reason it was "shot," and I also reminded her that it is kinda old since we bought it new in 1996. Sorry to derail...I wouldn't worry about hours if they are under 1K. I have a Kubota 38hp that has nearly 2K but motor/trans./hydraulic pump/clutch were all replaced with OEM 50 hours ago. Tractor was worked but all the main components are like new...been very happy with it and paid just over 10.