blue smoke from garden tractor

I have a Craftsman lawn tractor- model 917.272244 I purchased in 2001. It has always run well, but in recent years it's been burning oil, more and more lately. It used to be that only when I started it- I'd see some some blue smoke for a few seconds, then it would clear. Now it's blue smoke all the time, or-- at least most of the time. Yet, it still starts and runs. It doesn't make any odd noises so I don't think it's misfiring. In the past the oil level didn't go down much but lately it's going down fast- so, despite being a mechanical idiot (seriously)- I'm presuming it's burning oil due to the seals on the cylinders? If so, does this mean it's near the end of its life or is it possible to get an "engine job" at a reasonable price? yes, I know, I need to talk to local shops that sell and repair GTs. But, before i do that, as always, I like to get somewhat familiar with problems online before talking to a shop person.
Oh, I've always done the maintenance by the book- other than draining the gas and oil at the end of the season due to my laziness.
I'm hoping that there might be some other cause for the blue smoke but I won't hold my breath- unless I'm on the mower (ha).
Any comments will be appreciated. Joe
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Two ways for oil to get burned. Either it's valve seals or rings. Most likely the seals. That is suggested by the fact that the smoke initially appeared only at start-up If it's only 10 years old and otherwise in reasonable shape, having it fixed is likely worthwhile.
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thanks for your comment- mechanics is not my thing, it's helpful to get some clue what to say to a local tractor mechanic, so I don't sound too stupid
I don't do much mowing, now that I moved to a property with a much smaller lawn- but, we're doing a lot of landscaping, planting trees and shrubs- digging up rocky soil, moving fresh dirt to the sites- and doing that with a wheel barrow ain't the same for an aging back... I have a nice cart to move stuff with the tractor... Joe

Two ways for oil to get burned. Either it's valve seals or rings. Most likely the seals. That is suggested by the fact that the smoke initially appeared only at start-up If it's only 10 years old and otherwise in reasonable shape, having it fixed is likely worthwhile.
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I have a Craftsman 25hp garden tractor that was doing the same thing. It used about 1qt oil per acre of mowing. Being mechanically minded, I tore it down and replaced the valve stem seals and rings. (Tearing it down was the hard part so no sense doing a partial fix.) Anyway that is what was wrong with it. It now runs good and I haven't had to add oil all season. Cost was about $70 for parts but labor would have been a 'bit' more.
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