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I have approximately .5 acre of lawn area plus .25 acre pasture type area to cut. Part of lawn is on a 15 degree slope. I intend on pulling a cart loaded with soil, mulch, etc. Looking at both the Regent and the Broadmoor. Dealer says Regent 15hp should be sufficient. I don't want to go overboard for my needs but I don't want to under buy either. I could buy a lot more hp and heavier duty tranny with a Scotts from Home Depot for the same price as a Sim. All comments will be appreciated

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carter
If I was in the new tractor market I'd go for one of the new Soverigns mentioned in the reply to message 6642, and have the best of all worlds. And drive more than 600 miles round trip to pick it up. My $.02 Ron

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Al
Hi, I thiink the Deere uses the light hydro gear transmission, this is the transmission that Simplicity had a lot of trouble with a few years ago. They now use the Tuff Torque. These have been a really tough tranny. If you go to the Broadmore you would also get the advantage of the controlled traction differential. Look at the Scotts, How light the deck is, the arbors, are the front spindles and bushings replaceable or welded assemblies. How light is the front axle and the spindles. Is the hood steel or ? I believe if you compare apples to apples you will see that the Simplicity is twice the tractor as the Scotts. Just remember: "THERE AIN'T NO FREE LUNCH" you get what you pay for and the Sweetnes of low price is gone long before the bitternes of poor quality, it lasts forever. Good luck, Al Eden We work on this mass merchant stuff, If you are in the area I will take the time to show you what you get there.

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JonetteP
Hi, I would go with the broadmoor myself. I am a little bias, we have had simplicity for almost 50 years! Here is my thinking. You will need the traction control at some point with moisture on the lawn. If you need parts, any simplicity dealer has them in stock. I can teach you how to remove the deck in less than 30 seconds on a broadmoor. On most days, thats slow for me. Mowing quality, no comparisons even available. Turning radius? What type of engine does the scotts have? How about the simplicity? Attatchements for the future? As far as engine size, its all relative. I would put a 16 hp simplicity against a 23 hp scotts. John Deerest dropped this line for a reason. The box stores try to sell on a big hp you can do it attitude. Have you ever talked to there help on technical problems? Please do not fall into the box store trap. And besides, there will never be a Scotts page like this. If you have problems, (not likely), you have 3000 plus people who enjoy helping you out. Please try a simplicity before you by! Best wishes. Neal Pierce

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Nubian
A friend of mine bought a Scott's mower from Home Depot and had nothing but trouble with it.After SEVERAL in warranty repairs he finally just returned it to get his money back.He would not recommend them to anybody. Eddy

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