i`ve got a lx 665 with over 4000 hours and only had to replace the bottom face plate bushings,keep the unit serviced regularily and it shouldn`t give you problems!It depends on what application you're looking to get into. Without a doubt, there are more durable systems, but how much durability you need isn't the only part of the buying equation -- what applications are you going to do?
New Holland has built their boom that way forever. If it was junk they would have lost the market by now. Who would keep buying something that was problematic? They seem to have a loyal following where good dealers exist.Good answer , it goes to show that if you take care of your equipment you can keep it for ever .