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Questions/Thoughts on newer 524 Cub Cadet 2-Stage???

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See the pic below. I have worked on many older MTDs, but my questions on this are:

1. The engine, I know its not a Tecumseh. It seems to be the same one I see on a similar current model Cub on Tractor Supply's web site. Looks like they are branded Cub Cadet. My guess is some Chinese made engine Cub is using? Thoughts?

2. I have never worked on one with the two "steering levers". I am familiar with the old tried and true friction disc mechanism. Are these trouble prone? Are they used when snow blowers have them or ignored because they don't work so well.

3. Finally pricing. This is posted early summer 2023 and the guy is asking $400. Yea, way off base. He is now willing to let it go for $200. Thoughts? My guess is this would be an easy sell in winter for at least that price. The similar new price on TS is $1099. He is selling it because he is moving south. He states it has been serviced every year by a small engine place. He estimates it is ~10 years old. Bucket has very little rust inside and out. Even the impeller housing has some paint internally on it.
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Thank you all. I will see if I can get it. It will be replacing it's much older 524 MTD cousin I currently own. Yes, this one has the impeller mod. If I get the Cub, that will get the impeller mod as well.
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All, I did pick up the Cub. I appreciate all your comments and encouragement. It was a very good deal. This thing has seen little use. The belly pan has no rust. First time I have ever seen that. I asked the seller if the electric starter worked. He said he didn’t know, he had never used it. My initial thought was it was broke and he just wasn’t being honest. Nope, got it home and plugged it in. Starter worked perfect.

Crazzywolfie is correct. I checked the years on the serial number of the Cub and my Yard Machines I posted a pic of above. The YM is a 2005. The Cub is a 2007.

I am going through the entire machine lubing, etc. Such fun.

Hey Oneacer, I have my first set of X-Tracs!
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