Recently, we paid $1000.00 bucks-that's right, a grand-for a used Simplicity riding lawnmower. The mode, a Simplicity Broadmoor Lawn Tractor, was a couple of years old. The landscapist selling it was updating with another model, paying well over $4,000.00 for his new investment.
The new Broadmoor looked quite like its name, simple. And, since we were buying it for home use, meaning that the teenagers and woman of the house (who is outstanding, but isn't much into mowing as other women might be) would be able to use it without any problems, as it had no traditional gear set-up, but just a linear, smooth hydrostatic transmission, meaning that it has a gear with upward shift. So, it's easy to set a speed, without a clutch.
The mower also has an 18-horsepower engine with a huge gas reservoir. We are able to mow a few acres easily without filling. And, if you keep the oil clean and the filter changed, your gas mileage increases substantially, lasting almost 1/3 longer.
Plus, the landscapist selling it swore by the brand. It looked solid. And, when I checked into its specs further, it's comparable to other models and brands that are twice as expensive. It's held together with 10-guage steel, and weighs 650- to 750-pounds, which is dependent upon which tires you select. The factory tires are regular, standard turf design and provide sufficient traction, even if the grass is a bit moist. However, if you mow some steep hills, you might want to talk to your dealer about different possible tire options. You definitely don't want this tank to roll over on you!
So, since these guys have been around a whole long time, since 1922, you might think they know design and function. And, it's true. For any company to last that long, they have to have a long-term vision and keep up with it. Simplicity has proven itself repeatedly, even in one of its newest designs in the Simplicity Citation ZT2148, which has a zero turning radius. And, while the Broadmoor could zoom around easily at 6-mph, this more industrial mower will handle 9- to 10-mph quite easily. The difference in this model is not only its zero turn, but its comfortable ride meant for those who either love a quick and powerful ride, or for those who mow as a part of their living. It's rear-wheel suspension (not to mention comfortable seat); give you the entire cushion you'll need.
Overall, Simplicity has always provided high-quality, easy-to-operate equipment for residential and commercial lawn mowers. If you see a bright orange mower zooming by, which runs quietly enough, assume its one of these high-quality, and reasonably priced mowers.