Re: Simplicity Regent 22/44 roll call / review
I’ve used my Regent for mowing this season and thought I’d write a first season review. I’ll do this in three posts. The first will review the mower and deck. The second will review the triple bagger and the third will review the mulching kit.
The mower can best be described as quality, entry level mower designed to last a long time when used on a suburban lot of under two acres that doesn’t have any real climbing challenges. It is built in an old-school way using modern components. The summary is that it accomplishes what it sets out to do.
The frame of the tractor is a medium duty lawn tractor grade with everything laid out in a logical fashion. It’s easy to understand and work on. The controls are logical and straightforward. The safety systems, seat switch and reverse mow, work effectively and do not seem bothersome. The fuel tank is large and it’s easy to see the fuel level. The seat is easily adjustable and reasonably comfortable. The pullies and belts seem easy to change. There is an electric blade engage and a manual deck lift. It has a very short turning radius. The hood is still metal, a nice touch.
My model is the 22 HP twin-cylinder, 44” cut model. It uses a TT K-46 hydro and a 22HP B&S ELS with the newer cartridge style air filter. It also has 22” rear wheels giving a nice ride.
The deck is the star of the show in my opinion. It’s very heavy, well made, and floats via full-width rear rollers that leave an awesome stripe in your lawn. (if the stripes don’t appeal, the Snapper LT200 series is similar, but offered with a non-floating deck sans the full-width rollers. The deck is infinitely adjustable in height. The spec says that the limit is 4”, but it appears to me that it can actually go much higher. I have to mention that the deck is very easy to remove and install as the rollers assist in helping get it from under the tractor.
Now the problems. If you cut at 4” or so, the transport position will NOT take the rollers off the ground. In fact, it will not raise the deck at all. I played with this looking for a solution and I found it. The spec calls for 2 cable lifts, part # 1733126SM. I found that using 2 of part # 1733125SM, the part used on the 38” deck, allows you to use the transport setting when cutting at a 4” height. The other problem is a cavity at the right front corner of the deck that fills with clippings. If you cut wet grass, be sure to clean this cavity or the deck will have high rust potential.
I’d rate the mower at an 8 out of 10, and the deck at 9 out of 10.