This right here, for a variety of reasons. Some parts are NLA, younger mechanics that only know the new stuff, dealerships that focus more on Ag than turf. I am the only tech at the small dealership I work at that actually looks forward to working on the older stuff. Why? because most of it is easier to repair.Mark, Many dealers don't like working on the older tractors and don't have people with the needed skills... with skills meaning more like familiarity so they can dismantle, repair, and reasm. quickly. Do some searching here and online and you may find detailed threads on the needed repairs. As far a "specialized tools", yes indeed! It's called a friggin' wrench or socket!
It's just a bunch of iron, nuts, bolts, and springs, YOU can do it! Bob