I am in the 'same boat'. I have 2 JD345's. One '98 (1k hrs) and a '01 (700hrs). Those things are tough as my '75 IH108 and '84 CC1711. Same story: early on a big yard and very little $. The bank loaned me the $900 for that used 108 in '79 (I cannot remember if that was too much or not then but I am glad I bought it). No telling how many hours are on that 108. I restored it here some years ago. The 345's cost more than $6k each when new. I paid that for the '98 and paid $750 for the '01 a couple of years ago from my neighbor who got to old to keep up his 3 acres.