Simplicity Legacy XL--what's the draw for this tractor?
I've got a local Simplicity dealer that I like, and I was looking at the Legacy XL (the largest Simplicity tractor you can get with a front-end loader). Looks interesting... but I can't figure out how it makes sense at the price it's at.
I priced it out, and with a 27 HP Diesel, 4x4 tractor, FEL, and 60" mid-mount mower deck, it comes to $19,054 (at my dealer). Now, that gets me a 1131 pound tractor (before FEL and mower deck), and a FEL that can lift 500 pounds.
That seems like a lot of money for a little tractor. I did a quick comparison with Bobcat's utility tractors, and the MSRP on their website for a CT225 is $18,068.51. That gets you a 27 HP diesel 4x4 tractor, FEL, and 66" mid-mount mower. But the tractor is a lot beefier at 3028 pounds, and the FEL has a lifting force of 1225 pounds and a breakout of just under a ton (1904 pounds).
On the Kubota side, the closest I could find on a quick search was the BX2660. It has only a 25.5 HP engine, and according to Kubota's website, MSRP comes in at $17,349 with loader and mid-mount mower. The loader max lift at 500mm forward, max height is 518 pounds, and the breakout is 992 pounds.
So is there something about the Simplicity Legacy XL that I'm missing? How can it command a higher price than the Kubota or the Bobcat?