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I'm looking to replace a '67 vintage JD 110 and ran into an unusual oportunity at a local simplicity dealer. Here's the scoop: They are not going to retail lawn tractors anymore (they are also a rental shop) and are "getting rid of" thier remaining stock. The choices are pretty limited, some gear drive regents, 1 1995 broadmoor, and a 1998 landlord. I'm curious as to what you would consider reasonable prices and what the differences are between the broadmoor and landlord. Here's what I know - 95 broadmoor, 15 HP BS Vangaurd (is it full pressure lube?), 44' deck, pretty distressed from being in the sun, 2k and it's yours was the first offer. 98 landlord, 17 HP Kawasaki LC, 4 hrs, 50" deck. 3.9k and it's mine was thier first offer. I'm mostly going to be mowing 3/4 acre of hilly vermont yard (not to steep but it ain't flat). We also do a lot of yard work (small trees, lots of top soil to move, etc) I prefer a walk behind snow blower so it won't see any use in the winter. Does the landlord have a beefier transmission? Is the liquid cooled better/worse/more maintenance. 2k for a 6 year old broadmoor that's been parked outside seems high to me, Landlord looks to be in better shape. Thanks for you opinions.
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Simplicity rates the Broadmoor as a LT and the Landlord as a GT. From the work you describe, either would do the job. A 50" deck may be a little large for 3/4 acre, maybe not. I would think a liquid cooled engine would require more maintenance somewhere down the line. As for specs for the relative years, your best bet is to call Simplicity (see link below). A reasonable price is what you and the dealer agree upon. Personally, I'd be leary of any machine that sat unused for a number of years, especially sitting outside.[A href='http://www.simplicitymfg.com/']http://www.simplicitymfg.com/[/a]
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I would go for liquid cooling, the engine will run longer and cooler and for the price qutoed it sounds like a good deal, the braodmoore sounds high to me.....-BradW
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