So I managed to put the 196 to work briefly this last summer. The task was to clean up some deadfall around the campsite for some additional parking. The little machine performed as well as could be hoped. The downside is that it has all of 7 HP. the upside is that it is very nimble and performs well for only 7 HP. It can spin the tracks on most surfaces. I have a set of grousers for it, but have not installed the grouser kit to save grass sod and my trailer deck. It was very popular with the other campers. One young man was very interested and ran it for quite a while.
The only other downside is that it rides very rough on hard compacted surfaces, but it smoothes out on softer surfaces. I did take one pair of the two pair of blade lift springs off to better match the spring pull to the blade weight.
Edited by camdigger, September 16, 2015 - 08:49 AM.