Honestly I do not think Simplicity will be what it is today in 10 years. Briggs swore they would not change anything and a year and a half later they closed the plant in Port Washington. Parts are going up and quality is going down. Simplicity is still a good machine, but the bean counters will keep widdling away at the quality. I think the sears will bring more recognition to the simplicity name like you said, I just thing the lack of service (not like the local simplicity stores are much better) will erode the quality name. Heck, if it does not cut like a simplicity what good is 30hp?:thSick: It is just the way of the future. Like I said earlier, the new allis is a shell of the old simplicity. Keep your old stuff, it will outlast the new stuff! Next time I am at sears I will take a look...
Well the reason Simplicity countinued to make AGCO and Deutz machine's because It had to do with Allis Being there parent company from the 1960's to the early 80's. It's like when IH sold Cub To MTD in 1981 MTD(CCC) still made Cub's for IH until IH was Bought by Case in 1985. Part of the deal of the sale.:thThumbsUWhy not a Craftsmen branded Simplicity. Simplicity has to be the most branded GT in history. Lets see, Deutz-Allis, Agco-Allis, AGCO, Massey-Ferguson, Homelite, Wards, J. C. Penny, TECO, and GII have all sold GT's made by Simplicity. And last but not least 90% of the GT's sold by Allis Chalmers were made by Simplicity.
I'd rather see John Deere selling green Simplicity's than than what they are now!
Murray used to be that before they went out. My Murray Brand new cost $900 with a 15.5Hp 42" cut 6-speed peerless."Guess most Sears shopper are more interested in saving money"
I think most Craftsman customers cannot justify the price difference. Apples to apples, I can see why the AYP's would outsell the Snappers by a large margin. That's not a crack on Snapper either. My YS4500 cost me 1,299.00 last season. 42" deck, foot controlled hydro, TT K46 trans, 21 HP Briggs. Brand new out of box, not a return or scratch and dent. IMHO when it comes to entry and mid level LT's noone in the marketplace can touch Sears when it comes to "Bang for your Buck". Opinions will vary.
I believe 071 is actually a Sears dept number, as explained by a Sears employee here at MTF. I think the MTD's also started with 071 when they first showed up last year.I went on the Sears website and saw the "Simplicity" tractors. They are definitely impressive, however, their Sears Item Numbers begin with 071. That refers to Agri-Fab Corp. Can this still be considered a "Simplicity" tractor?