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Old 02-22-2019, 08:37 AM   #1
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Used 1990 Simplicity 6216 vs MTD. Huskee 8 spd


We bought a house with a large 1.5 acre yard and now we need a riding mower.


My old neighbor is selling his MTD. Tractor (2010? 8 spd. 21 hp Huskee lawn tractor). He is a meticulous person and his mower was well cared for and maintained. He wants $450 for the used Huskee though and its a bit much for the mower. he did recently go through and replace a starter, belts and some other stuff I can't currently remember.


There is a 1990 Simplicity for sale which looks nice and is said to run great. the guy wants $400 for it w a kart. There is no deck on the simplicity, but I have a few different options to obtain one. I love the idea of a garden tractor to help plow our drive, garden and possibly lightly grade our driveway. I figure I can source another deck for between $75 and $250.


I have some mechanical skill, I've worked on dirtbikes in the past, can do car brakes, plugs, suspensions. I have never touched transmissions and rebuilding an engine is beyond me (I have replaced a couple pistons in a 2 stroke bike tho).


My question is which is a better buy? I feel the Huskee is an inferior brand, but maintenance is something I feel is very important. I think the simplicity is a better quality tractor, but maintenance is unknown. I'm hoping to get at least 3 years out of either machine. Is the MTD 8 spd better than I'm giving it credit for? Would a much newer machine provide far more comfort/ features than the older simplicity?


Whats the smarter buy?

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Old 02-22-2019, 11:09 AM   #2
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Strictly speaking from my own experience, in 20 years I may have seen one Simplicity tractor in this area, so finding any parts never mind finding a deck worth buying would be near impossible.
I'd try and locate a deck before even buying it.
I would not count on anything made by MTD to last very long on a yard that big.
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My old neighbor is selling his MTD. Tractor (2010? 8 spd. 21 hp Huskee lawn tractor). He is a meticulous person and his mower was well cared for and maintained. He wants $450...


There is a 1990 Simplicity for sale which looks nice and is said to run great. the guy wants $400 for it w a kart.
Buy them both.


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There is no deck on the simplicity
Buy the OEM deck assembly from Simplicity.
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Strictly speaking from my own experience, in 20 years I may have seen one Simplicity tractor in this area, so finding any parts never mind finding a deck worth buying would be near impossible.
I'd try and locate a deck before even buying it.
I would not count on anything made by MTD to last very long on a yard that big.
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My old neighbor is selling his MTD. Tractor (2010? 8 spd. 21 hp Huskee lawn tractor). He is a meticulous person and his mower was well cared for and maintained. He wants $450...


There is a 1990 Simplicity for sale which looks nice and is said to run great. the guy wants $400 for it w a kart.
Buy them both.


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There is no deck on the simplicity
Buy the OEM deck assembly from Simplicity.
Why do you say to buy them both?
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Why do you say to buy them both?
Actually not a bad idea if you have the space to keep them out of the weather. Two machines for $850 (or better if you can swing it) means you aren't out of service if/when one breaks down. If you want it for year-round use, you might find one is better at the winter chores than the other.
I would at least make sure I can get a deck in good condition before I committed to that one.
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Why do you say to buy them both?
because you can't turn your back on even half of a Simplicty for that price.


Use the Huskee until you can get/find a Simplicity deck (look for a roller too). At that time decide how you feel about each and either continue to have two or sell the Huskee then.
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I would not count on anything made by MTD to last very long on a yard that big.
I would have to disagree on this.

I have a 1996 MTD model 600 with a 16hp B&G twin cylinder engine. My SiL's husband bought it new to cut their 1 acre property.

After they moved in 2007, they gave it to my FiL who used it on his almost 1-acre somewhat hilly property. During that time, he replaced the starter.

In 2012 he gave it to me after he needed to get a zero-turn mower due to physical limitations.

I am still using that mower on my 1/4-acre property today. In the time I have owned it I have rebuilt the carb once, battery once, and replaced the drive belts and idler pulley. I did add a bagging system to it.

Every fall I drain the fuel tank and run the engine until it burns off the residual fuel. I then pull the battery and put it on maintainer.

In the spring, I re-install the battery, clean or replace the plugs as needed, change the oil and the air filter. I then change the blades for the ones I sharpened.

While it does not have all the conveniences of a modern mower, it runs perfectly and still cuts my lawn very well.
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Why do you say to buy them both?
Actually not a bad idea if you have the space to keep them out of the weather. Two machines for $850 (or better if you can swing it) means you aren't out of service if/when one breaks down. If you want it for year-round use, you might find one is better at the winter chores than the other.
I would at least make sure I can get a deck in good condition before I committed to that one.
That is a good idea. However we recently bought a house and the to do list/expenses list is long and another $500 could be better spent elsewhere. If the rider breaks down we’ll just have to bust out the pushmower. We can use it as motivation to get it fixed quickly lol.
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I would not count on anything made by MTD to last very long on a yard that big.
I would have to disagree on this.

I have a 1996 MTD model 600 with a 16hp B&G twin cylinder engine. My SiL's husband bought it new to cut their 1 acre property.

After they moved in 2007, they gave it to my FiL who used it on his almost 1-acre somewhat hilly property. During that time, he replaced the starter.

In 2012 he gave it to me after he needed to get a zero-turn mower due to physical limitations.

I am still using that mower on my 1/4-acre property today. In the time I have owned it I have rebuilt the carb once, battery once, and replaced the drive belts and idler pulley. I did add a bagging system to it.

Every fall I drain the fuel tank and run the engine until it burns off the residual fuel. I then pull the battery and put it on maintainer.

In the spring, I re-install the battery, clean or replace the plugs as needed, change the oil and the air filter. I then change the blades for the ones I sharpened.

While it does not have all the conveniences of a modern mower, it runs perfectly and still cuts my lawn very well.
I think a properly maintained machine can go a long way. That’s why the Huskee was in the running, confirmed proper maintenance. My uncle has had an mtd forever and he loves it.
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Why do you say to buy them both?
because you can't turn your back on even half of a Simplicty for that price.
I’m taking this advice to heart. Going to look at the simplicity tommorrow. If it is in good condition I’ll pick it up. If it’s not I know I have a well maintained machine I can still buy from my neighbor that will achieve the primary goal of mowing.
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I picked up the tractor today and It’s a Deutz 1815H. Excited to see what I can find for it.
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