Here's some mower facts...
Most is not all the lower end mowers are now throwaways, the hydro's are sealed and the mowers have more bushings in them then bearings.
Most brands today use the same brand of hydro, but there are several levels of strength/quality of those hydro's, If the rear "wheels" aren't bolted on like a car, the hydro's is NOT a stronger higher quality hydro no matter what brand it's on.
Kohler, B&S ect. all are now having their motors "that go into these cheaper lawn tractors" made in china! Yes, even Kohler... All of the china builds seem about equal these days...
Cub Cadet, like most brands today aren't what they use to be! I would rank Husqvarna higher quality, better built mower and if you would go up the scale a bit more, I'd buy a John Deere instead.
Today, high quality lawn tractors that are built to last cost REAL money, like over 5k real money!
Lastly, I call BS on 13,000 hours on a lawn tractor, I mean unless you have an accurate hr meter on it for proof, it's nothing but a wild guess!
Lincolns legacy is, he freed the slaves
Obama's legacy will be, he freed the terrorist!