Yes, I did. At the time I di dnot know any better. I grew up in a small city and we only had a small yard to mow with a push mower. Then got married and moved to about a half acre lot. Old Murry served well for that small area. Moved to where I had to mow close to 2 acres. Thought John Deere was a big name with quality equipment. Did not know they put out low end junk to compete with other low end equipmnet.
When the transaxel went out, found out a company makes several different quality ones for many brands. Deere used the lowest quality one in the mower I bought. I will never buy another thing from them due to that simple thing.