do i need to pull the starter?

Went over to our American Legion Post today and worked on a couple of mowers we use on the 10 acre grass areas.
One needed blade changeout. No problem.
The other is dead, with a brand new battery. It's the classic old bad solenoid syndrome/symptom.
I was going to find the solenoid and jump it to verify it's the culprit. But, it seems to me that the solenoid must be inside the starter case. The wire from the positive battery terminal goes straight to a terminal on the side of the starter.
I talked to a guy in passing who said: "oh yeah, these newer mowers have starter soenoid units inside one case. If either is bad, you have to replace the whole unit".
Is this true? If this is the situation, I may as well get busy pulling the starter unit.
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