Well, when I got my Bolens HT23 about a year ago, it was not running and among the things it needed, one was a starter. So me not having the money to spend for a good starter I ended up buying a new (cheaper) starter off eBay. Once I got the garden tractor running the pulley on the mower deck needed replaced and I didn't have any other attachments to use with it, so It was then parked for about 6 months. I then rigged up a push blade and a 3-pt on it, I also got another pulley for the deck so I can start mowing with it.
My point to this is, the new starter doesn't hardly have any use on it. It has only started the GT 50 times at most.
I went out today to uses it with a box blade and the starter made a "clunk" when I turned the key???. I tapped the key again and the starter just ground???. I then turned the engine over (by hand) a half turn and tried it again. But the starter just ground again!??? I then looked at the starter to find it broken in two!!!!!
I know I bought the cheaper starter and I probably would of saved money on the long run buying a better starter, but I didn't have the money at the time. I would of thought this starter would at least of lasted a couple years .
I think I still have the old starter, I'm going to pull the guts out of this one that broke and put it in the (good) old case.
The down fall is, I now need to make time to get this done and Bolens didn't make it easy to get these starters in and out
Thanks for listening to my rant