Well I was working n my 224 this weekend, swapping out the mower deck, and putting on the log splitter. Wile I was working on it, I had to replace a leaking hydro return hose. As I was draining the oil out, I saw quite a bit of shiny stuff in the oil. Seems like eather a pump, or motor is going south. Now I installed a filter in the system,[never had one before] and am planning on running it through the winter to split with. Come summer I will drain it, and check it out agean. Now this tractor has over 1700 hours, and all the hydro stuff seems to have never been replaced. My thing is, do I fix it? Knowing the rest of the tractor needs work also, do I put the money into a new pump, or motor, or just keep the filters changed and turn it into a self propelled wood splitter only? You know this is a tough place to be. Its not dead, and CAN be fixed, but is it worth it??