Thanks for getting back to me so quickly!
Well, I ordered it. I got the newer one & I know it's silly, but I paid the extra for the color because I've never been a fan of red. Supposedly it mulches a little finer, that's worth $50 more, lol.
It's backordered, they're not supposed to get it in until 6/18 & it'll ship a couple of days later, but Mowers Direct is only about a half an hour from me so it shouldn't take long at all. The guy who took my order lives in a couple of towns over and we talked about the restaurant his Dad owns in town.
Next, I'll ask the guy who repaired mine for me this year if he thinks I could sell it for what I paid to repair it.
Thanks again, I can't tell you how much your help meant to me.