:ditto: For the Deere you pay extra for the name alone. Compare apples to apples. John Deere's name isn't worth extra $$$ in my book.Simplicity's quality wins out.I came down to those 2, as well.
For me it was:
1) Cut. Simplicity wins out here, and for a tractor that I expect to use for minimally 95% of its life cutting grass, that's important
2) Price. At MSRP, the Deere equivalent to the 22/44 would be a 320, about 1k more.
Yes the Regent is Simp's entry level machine, but you can only find it at their dealers, not HD and Lowe's. Just because a manufacturer has an entry level machine does not mean it's comparable to another manufacturers. You may as well compare a Mercedes entry level car to a Chevy Malibu.You have to remember that Simplicity is now owned by Briggs, and the Simplicity Regent is now considered their ENTRY TRACTOR, BUT STILL WITH THE OLD SIMPLICITY PRICES THAT WERE HIGH, EVEN THOUGH THE QUALITY IS NOT THE SAME. The Regent, in my view, as an entry level tractor should be compared to the John Deere LA series