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Old 07-06-2011, 02:10 PM   post #1 of 7
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Default Simplicity Express series

Looking at buying a used Simplicity Express series ... the one with the 38-inch deck and standard transmission.

I am not finding a whole lot of information on when or how long these were manufactured, any reviews, etc.

Anyone here familiar with these mowers? I'll have the opportunity to try it out for a while before I buy, but the wisdom and experience of others is appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts ...
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:08 PM   post #2 of 7
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Have been able to glean that they were a value-priced line for Simplicity that was discontinued.

Are they worthwhile? Any experiences folks have had?
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:40 PM   post #3 of 7
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So it looks like I am getting the thing. Works great, seems to be pretty low in hours and in excellent condition.

This one does not have the hydrostatic drive, but the idea that the pump could fail or there could be other problems makes me think the manual shift is better anyway.

Will still take all advice and tips. etc.






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Old 07-08-2011, 10:44 PM   post #4 of 7
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A very good friend of mine bought an Express in the early/mid '90's as a new tractor. He never maintained it other than a trip to the dealer every other year for an oil change and lube. I walked passed it countless occasions as I was at his home a lot and the poor thing looked horrid. However, it never failed him and his lawn looked good with the 38" deck cut. He had to have had it a decade or so and it was dead nuts reliable.

It was the hydro version, but I don't know what motor was in it...

Good luck with your new tractor!

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Old 07-08-2011, 10:47 PM   post #5 of 7
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A very good friend of mine bought an Express in the early/mid '90's as a new tractor. He never maintained it other than a trip to the dealer every other year for an oil change and lube. I walked passed it countless occasions as I was at his home a lot and the poor thing looked horrid. However, it never failed him and his lawn looked good with the 38" deck cut. He had to have had it a decade or so and it was dead nuts reliable.

It was the hydro version, but I don't know what motor was in it...

Good luck with your new tractor!

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Thanks, Jay. I in fact am in this period where I literally have not paid for this thing. The outfit I am buying it from gives you a few weeks to try it out before you pull the trigger. And then it is under warrantee for a time after that.

But a little perspective is appreciated.
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I in fact am in this period where I literally have not paid for this thing. The outfit I am buying it from gives you a few weeks to try it out before you pull the trigger. And then it is under warrantee for a time after that.
Man, you can't beat that arrangement for purchasing used gear! I say snap it up if it runs and cuts well enough. Simplicity deleted features on the Express to get to a price point, but I still think it was a well built mower and will probably long outlast something like a similar vintage Murray. Simplicity was building good stuff in the '90's...
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:57 PM   post #7 of 7
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Yeah -- this is the way to go, particularly for a guy like me with no mechanical skills and a tendency to avoid pieces of equipment that become quickly obsolete.

Here is a quick plug for the guys I am working with ... if you're in Southeast Wisconsin I'd highly recommend them:

http://www.mobilerepairguys.com/
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