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If any one in the Raleigh Durham area gets one let me know. I would like to see how it stacks up against the John Deere X520.
 

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I don't think anyone has even rated it on the Sears website yet. Maybe we'll get lucky and someone will post a YouTube video about one.
 

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It is a Simplicity Prestige. It is competitive with the Deere X500 series. I have the Simplicity version and I am well satisfied with it.
 

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I left a comment on there- he is funny... He says "They build them better than they used to" and has a picture of an early custom with dual rear wheels, a million pounds of weight, and a huge cultivator on the back, and it has a broken axle and a pile of blankets on the seat...

I guarantee if you do that with this one for forty years, it will break too!!!
 

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Are they really only going to make 50? Maybe why they cost so much. I'm a big fan of Craftsman but still think I would pay an extra $800 and get a JD X530 at this price point so I could have local dealer support.
 

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3 GT5000s and counting!

Hey mxrdrver, when you have a chance can you set up an album so we can see the other 2 Craftsman?. Pictures of engines are nice too. What year, engine type, tranny is the gray one there?


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Are they really only going to make 50? Maybe why they cost so much. I'm a big fan of Craftsman but still think I would pay an extra $800 and get a JD X530 at this price point so I could have local dealer support.
The way I read it, only 50 Sears stores will have an actual unit on display. There should be way more than 50 built.
 

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It should have a Vanguard branded engine in it. Why go B&S 'professional grade' and not have it a Vanguard is beyond me. Craftsman brand to me is a negative and it needs all the street 'cred' it can get by way of good brands.

Didn't B&S make the Sears mowers ELS motors with the bad 'dirt breathing' air filter assmebly?
 

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It should have a Vanguard branded engine in it. Why go B&S 'professional grade' and not have it a Vanguard is beyond me. Craftsman brand to me is a negative and it needs all the street 'cred' it can get by way of good brands.

Didn't B&S make the Sears mowers ELS motors with the bad 'dirt breathing' air filter assmebly?

All manufacturers make various quality motors. Briggs makes:

- Powerbuilt (very cheapo)
- Intek (cheapo for MTD China Sears tractors with bad air filters)
- Professional (As good as Kohler Command and Vangaurd)

Briggs does not "make" Vangaurd, it's made by a foreign company in a joint venture with Briggs. I prefer the American Made Briggs to the foreign one to keep jobs here, though the quality between them is equal.
 

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All manufacturers make various quality motors. Briggs makes:

- Powerbuilt (very cheapo)
- Intek (cheapo for MTD China Sears tractors with bad air filters)
- Professional (As good as Kohler Command and Vangaurd)

Briggs does not "make" Vangaurd, it's made by a foreign company in a joint venture with Briggs. I prefer the American Made Briggs to the foreign one to keep jobs here, though the quality between them is equal.
Did not know that about vangard. What foreign company? Does the simplicity carry same b&s motor?
 

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Did not know that about vangard. What foreign company? Does the simplicity carry same b&s motor?
Twin Cylinder Vanguard engines are made by Dihatsu of Japan. The single cylinder Vanguard Engines are a joint venture with Mitsibushi. The Briggs Professional series twin cylinder engine in the new Simplicity is designed and built by Briggs in the US. Simplicity uses the 24 hp Briggs Professional in the Conquest, a model below the Prestige. They use the 27 hp Kohler in the Prestige. Sears upped the Prestige to the 30 hp Briggs Professional to improve it further when they labelled it as PGT 9500. Sears does that, like when they took the best selling Whirlpool frontloader washer with a 1200 rpm spin cycle and upped it to 1400 rpms then put the Kenmore name on it, to make their version a little better than the brand name.
 
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