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My wife has volunteered to cut our lawn.:) She tried my little old Simplicity. She likes the cut, but would rather use a hydro. A cup holder would be nice. Plus something a little speedier. We went to look at the 'box' stores, just to look.[:0] She decided on a nice shiny new green one (name rhymes with 'Gone Beer') at a really big box store with orange-colored signs. The model has a 48 inch cut, hydro, cup holder, and a bagger attachment (my request), 20something horsepower, all for ruffly 3 grand, out the door. I'd like to look for a nice, clean, comparable used SimpletrACtor for the same price. Am I having a pipe dream?:o) I'm running an ad in the classifieds, just to see. Tacey

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A friend of mine bought a left over Scotts from the same box store. I used it a few days ago. I must admit, for mowing it has my Sovereign beat by a mile. It's much quieter, easier to mount (walk through frame), and the two pedal foot controlled hydro is a dream to use. Press foot to go, take foot off to stop (with no creep). Both hands are free. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't part with my large Simplicitys for anything else. However, I do a lot more than mow with them. But, for just mowing, I think the Scotts is better. If I was looking as you are, I'd check out every brand offered. Is there a big difference anymore? Price and a local dealer (or online source) for parts would be my main concerns. As for the value of a used machine, I think they loose 20%-40% as soon as they're sold and no longer new. Anyway, I wouldn't pay more than $1800-$2400 for anything that I could buy for $3000 new. Even at that, it would have to be no older then a year or two, and in like new condition. Beyond that, there is no factory warranty left, and it will start needing minor repairs and maintenance at least.

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I've mostly just surfed the 'net. There really doesn't seem to be much difference among items in my price range. I've had good luck with the Honda brand (two cars & a walk behind mower). Sears sells a riding lawn tractor powered by Honda. I'd like to get a new Simplicity, but those cross over 4 grand in a hurry. Maybe if I wait a month or so I can get something on sale. We've only been cutting grass for a few weeks around here. Tacey

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My opinion: Anything that takes attachments (not just baggers, but plows and stuff) will last about 3 times longer than a plain lawn tractor. I would look for a Sim. garden tractor or a good Gravely rider.

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