2014 Simplicity Prestige Garden Tractor Review. Simplicity riding lawn mower

Simplicity’s premium offering just keeps getting better

Excluding Z-traks and rear engine riders (RERs), the five-model Simplicity lawn tractor lineup might seem on the light side when compared to some the competition. But when you factor in that those five models really comprise 18 different task-devouring possibilities, you come away with a whole different perspective.

In Dec. 2011 Tractor.com first tested the Broadmoor, and in Oct. of the same year, the Legacy XL. In both cases we came away impressed, but until a chance vacation encounter in 2013 with the good folks at Brentwood Power Equipment Center in Brentwood, NH, our big nit was the lack of dealer inventory. At BPEC inventory is no issue, and at each of our visits, the entire Simplicity lineup has been in stock and ready for a test drive.

BPEC is run by father and son Dave and Nate Flagg. As in our previous visit, we stopped in unannounced and without any prior notice. Dave and Nate were out taking care of customers, but we were given free reign to check out the BPEC inventory. A Simplicity Prestige with fabricated deck and SCS-4 four-wheel suspension immediately caught our eye – but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First the lineup.

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Prestige models come in four variants: 27/50 2WD, 27/52 2WD, 27/54 2WD, and 27/54 4WD. The first number indicates the gross horsepower, the second the deck size, and the third the drive configuration. All 2WD models come with Tuff-Torq K72 High Speed transmissions with differential lock. The 4WD model comes with a Tuff-Torq K664 that sacrifices differential lock for full-time four-wheel drive, along with 2.7 mph in the forward top speed category. 2WD models also come with Simplicity’s four-wheel suspension system, called SCS-4. That, along with being the only model to come with a fabricated deck, framed the reason we chose the 27/52 as our test tractor.

Engines, not surprising since Simplicity is a division of Briggs Stratton, are BS Commercial Turf Series, all air-cooled V-Twins with electric fuel management (EFM). This means starting, whether the conditions be cold or hot, is instant without the need for a choke. Starting is also accomplished through a push button, rather than a key twist, although a key does need to be inserted for safety and security reasons. And these are quiet powerplants, comparably silky smooth as anything else on the market, with rated horsepower coming at 3600 rpm.

Settle into the comfortable high-back mesh seat, which on the 90F day of our test was greatly appreciated, and the operator is treated to a spacious, ergonomically friendly cockpit. Prestige tractors come with Simplicity’s deluxe instrument panel, which includes a color-coded analog tachometer in the center, flanked by digital readouts for fuel, cut height and maintenance intervals, which are resettable, unlike those on some of the competition. There is a switch to electrically adjust the cut height with a lever for the hydraulic lift/lower function. Power steering, power take off (PTO) switch, separate key allowing lockout or use of reverse mowing, parking brake lock, throttle lever, and headlamp control complete the dash layout.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2013 Kubota ZG100 Kommander

On the right floorboard is Simplicity’s excellent side-by-side hydrostat pedal arrangement that offers well-modulated control over the entire 0-8.7 mph forward and 0-3 mph reverse speed range. On the left floorboard is the differential lock. Cruise control is located on the right fender, along with a generous grab handle. The left fender also has a grab handle, along with a storage tray great for keeping a Smart phone safe, which includes a 12V DC outlet. And lest we fail to mention it, the steering tilts for comfort with such a wide range we can’t imagine anyone failing to find that perfect position.

So how does the SCS-4 suspension work? We wondered the same, with one tester having a fresh experience with their wife ordering a bicycle with suspension and ending up feeling like they were riding on a bouncing ball. Potential Prestige purchasers fear not. The SCS-4 ride, while compliant, does a good job of soaking up bumps without introducing bouncy sensations. Turning radius is quite good at 18”, with the power steering pump never whining in protest, even when cranked all the way. And when the going gets tough, Prestige tractors come with automatic controlled traction (ACT), which continuously supplies drive power to both rear wheels.

COMPARISON: Read our review of the 2012 New Holland Boomer 25 HST

As with all Simplicity tractors, the mowing experience requires and deserves separate and full mention. Known for the quality of cut, the fabricated deck takes cut quality to another level with enough added reinforcement to come with a separate limited lifetime warranty. Cut height is infinitely adjustable from the driver’s seat from 1” to 4”, and the 10-gauge deck comes with a full-width striping roller that, along with the front caster wheels riding on the ground, contributes to that perfect no-scalp cut. The deck system also attaches/detaches in minutes without tools. Spindles are commercial gauge aluminum, and there is a washout port. But as with other manufacturer’s machines we have tested, we still question the sensibility of adding water to moving metallic components.

Other niceties? In addition to the abovementioned features, Prestige tractors come with LED headlamps, 3.6 gallons of easily accessible onboard fuel, and a full range of attachments ranging from a turbo grass collection system to single and two-stage snowthrowers.

Measuring 75” L x 62” W x 47” H and riding on 16×6.5 front and 23×10.5 rear turf tires (4WD Prestiges get same size field and track tires), the 27/52 Prestige carries a MSRP of 7,999, comes with a three-year warranty (90-days commercial), and is suitably constructed to be that lifetime machine.

For anyone in the market for a premium garden tractor that is capable, quiet, and comfortable, our advice is that they make sure the Prestige is on that short list. And if they are in the vicinity of Brentwood Power Equipment Center, add stopping in to see Dave or Nate or any of their friendly, knowledgeable staff. As we were parting ways, Dave spoke of sales being so good this year they were going through inventory to the point they were having to reach out to other dealer’s stocks. In one case that meant driving up to Maine to get that exact machine, a trip Dave and his family turned into a camping adventure at no added cost to the customer. Such is the attention BPEC customers get.

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How to Change the Oil in a Simplicity Lawn Tractor (Oil Weight, Capacity, Filter Part#)

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This is a quick picture guide for how to change the oil in a Simplicity Broadmoor Lawn Mower, including the recommended oil, quantity, and oil filter part number.

The recommended oil change interval for Simplicity lawn mowers is every 6 months or 100 hrs of operation, whichever comes first.

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The lawn mower shown in this guide is a Simplicity Broadmoor 16hp (GXV530), with the Honda engine ( parts manual pdf ).

Tools and Supplies:

  • Motor Oil Honda 10w-30 (1.11 US qts (1050 mL) with oil filter replacement)
  • Oil Filter ( Fram PH6017A or Genuine Honda 15410-MFJ-D01 )
  • 65mm oil filter wrench
  • Funnel
  • Drain Pan
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Rag

Changing the Oil in a Simplicity Lawn Tractor – Step by Step

Step 1. Warm Up the Engine

The first step in changing the oil in your lawn tractor is to run the engine until it is warmed up. Usually about 10 minutes or more should do it.

Step 2. Position the Mower on a Level Surface

Move your lawn mower to a level surface. This is important for assessing the final fill oil quantity, and so that the oil drains properly.

Step 3. Turn off Engine and Open the Hood

Make sure the lawn mower is off, and secured so that it won’t roll away!

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Step 4. Clean the Oil Fill and Filter Area

Clean any sand, dirt, grass, or other debris away from the oil fill port (dipstick) and oil filter locations. This will help avoid getting unwanted contaminants into the engine oil.

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Step 5. Remove the Dipstick

Removing the Dipstick (which is also the oil filler port cover) will help the oil drain out faster.

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Step 6. Locate the Drain Hose

Many lawn tractors have an oil drain hose, if your does, locate it and position it so that it is over a drain pan. If your tractor does not have a drain hose, position a drain pan under the oil plug bolt on the engine (located under the oil filter).

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Step 7. Remove the Drain Plug

Use a wrench to remove the drain plug. Oil will begin draining out. Allow all of the oil to drain out into the drain pan. Once all or most of the oil has drained out, re-install the drain plug. Tighten it securely.

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In my case, the drain tube uses an 18mm and 16mm wrench to loosen and remove the drain plug.

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Tip the drain tube up to remove the drain plug.

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Then put it into a drain vessel when tipping the tube down to drain the oil. Allow the oil to drain out. Eventually it will slow to a drip, then replace the drain plug.

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Step 8. Remove the Oil Filter

Unscrew the oil filter. If the filter is too tight to remove, use the appropriate 65mm oil filter wrench. A small amount of oil will drain from the oil filter port as well. Catch the oil with the drain pan or a rag.

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If your father-in-law tightened the filter extremely tightly the last time with his man-hands (like what happened to me), then you may need to use a filter remover or pipe wrench to loosen the filter.

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Once you remove the filter, another 1/2 cup of oil will drain out, so if you are in your garage or driveway, place a rag underneath to catch the extra oil.

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Step 9. Lubricate the New Oil Filter

Put some fresh clean oil on a rag or your finger and lightly coat the rubber mating surface of the Fram PH6017A or Genuine Honda 15410-MFJ-D01 oil filter. Or put the old and new filters back to back to get an even film of oil on the seal of the new filter.

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Step 10. Install the Oil Filter

Position the new oil filter over the filter port and screw it on by spinning it clockwise.Tighten it until the gasket contacts the oil filter mating surface, then tighten the oil filter another 1/2 to 7/8 turns.

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Step 11. Add Oil

With both the drain plug and the new oil filter installed, use a funnel and pour 1.11 US qts (1050 mL) of Honda 10w-30 engine oil into the oil filter port (dipstick port).

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Step 11. Replace the Dipstick

Put the dipstick back into the oil fill port and tighten it up.

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That completes the oil change procedure on a Simplicity Broadmoor Lawn Mower.

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Tools and Supplies:

  • Motor Oil Honda 10w-30 (1.11 US qts with oil filter replacement)
  • Oil Filter ( Fram PH6017A or Genuine Honda 15410-MFJ-D01 )
  • 65mm oil filter wrench
  • Funnel
  • Drain Pan
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Rag

Simplicity Riding Mower Problems

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If you’ve ever owned a Simplicity riding mower, you know that they’re built to last. But even the best-built machines can have problems from time to time. Here are some of the most common issues that owners of Simplicity mowers have reported.

If you’ve ever owned a Simplicity riding mower, you know that they’re built tough and designed to last. But even the best machines can have problems from time to time. Here are some of the most common issues that owners of Simplicity riding mowers experience, along with tips on how to fix them.

Engine Won’t Start This is probably the most common problem that people have with their Simplicity riding mowers. There are a few different things that could be causing this issue.

First, check the fuel level and make sure there’s enough gas in the tank. If that’s not it, then it could be an issue with the spark plug or air filter. Both of these are easy to replace yourself – just refer to your owner’s manual for instructions.

Mower Won’t Turn On Another common problem is when the mower won’t turn on at all. This is usually caused by a faulty fuse or switch.

Again, consult your owner’s manual for troubleshooting tips and where to find these parts on your machine. 3. Blades Won’t Spin This is another pretty common issue that can be easily fixed at home.

Usually, it’s something as simple as debris being caught in the blades or a loose belt. Again, refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to fix this problem on your Simplicity riding mower model.

Simplicity Regent Problems

If you own a Simplicity Regent lawn tractor, you may eventually run into some problems. Here are some of the most common issues that owners face: 1. Engine stalling.

This can be caused by a variety of factors, including a dirty air filter, old spark plugs, or low oil levels. If your engine stalls frequently, it’s important to troubleshoot the issue so that it doesn’t cause more serious damage down the road. 2. Transmission problems.

The Regent’s transmission is often one of the first parts to break down. Common symptoms include difficulty shifting gears and the lawn tractor moving slowly even when the throttle is maxed out. If you’re having transmission trouble, it’s best to take your machine to a qualified technician for repairs.

Deck belt slippage. The deck belt is what powers the Regent’s mower blade(s). Over time, this belt can become stretched or worn out, causing it to slip off the pulleys occasionally while mowing.

Replacing the deck belt is relatively easy and should fix the problem permanently. 4. Tire tread wear. Like any vehicle with tires, eventually they will need to be replaced due to tread wear.

On a lawn tractor. however. tire wear can also be caused by improper inflation levels or alignment issues. Be sure to check your tires regularly and inflate them as needed to avoid premature tire wear.


If your Simplicity riding mower isn’t working correctly, there are a few things you can check yourself before taking it in for repair. First, make sure the battery is charged and connections are clean. Next, check the oil level and fill if necessary.

Finally, check the air filter and clean or replace it if needed. If these simple fixes don’t solve the problem, then you will need to take your mower in for service.

Who Makes Simplicity Mowers: The Largest Mower Manufacturer

When it comes to cutting grass, Simplicity mowers are some of the best options available. But who makes them and why should you choose their mowers for your lawn care needs?

Simplicity Manufacturing Company founded in 1922 by William J. Niederkorn, makes garden and lawn equipment. In 2004, Briggs Stratton acquired the company.

This article will cover who makes simplicity mowers, the history of Simplicity mowers, and how they offer a superior mowing experience.

About the Manufacturer – Who Makes Simplicity Mowers

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Since the brand’s establishment in 1922 by William J. Niederkorn, Simplicity Manufacturing Company has been a leader in the lawn and garden equipment industry, pioneering the production of two-wheeled tractors on wheels in 1939.

During World War II, the company temporarily halted production of lawn and garden products and instead supplied electric fence inspectors and surface grinders to the War Production Board.

In 1957, Simplicity released its first riding tractor, the Wonderboy model. Allis-Chalmers bought the company in 1965, but their management bought it back in 1983.

The company has taken on various partners and acquired many subsidiaries through its journey.

In 2004, Briggs and Stratton acquired Simplicity and all its subsidiaries for 227.5 million, and they now manufacture and market Simplicity as well as other lawn care brands.

Where Are Simplicity Mowers Made?

Simplicity, a privately held manufacturing company based in Port Washington, Wisconsin, is dedicated to producing quality lawn tractors, mowers, and snow throwers.

After acquiring the Snapper brand in 2002, Simplicity added these products to their line, adding value to their existing portfolio.

It is unclear if all the parts of the garden tractors, mowers, and snow throwers are made exclusively in the USA or if some parts are imported and then assembled in the States.

Are Snapper and Simplicity the same?

No. Snapper, the all-American lawn mower company, has been around for over 75 years. This iconic brand has seen its fair share of shifts and changes, from the acquisition by Simplicity Manufacturing to the more recent move of production to Briggs & Stratton’s factory in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Today, Snapper is still synonymous with quality and performance, offering a range of lawn care products, from mowers to trimmers to leaf blowers.

Whether you want to spruce up your small backyard or tackle a larger commercial job, you can trust the reliability of a Snapper product to get the job done.

What Types of Mowers Does Simplicity Produce?

Whether you are looking for a push mower, a riding mower, a lawn tractor, a zero-turn mower, or a lawn care system, Simplicity has the perfect product for you. Some of the models are given below:

Zero Turn Mower

The zero-turn mower type comes with multiple models. Like: Courier, Courier XT, Contender XT, Citation XT, Cobalt, and Cobalt LE. Features with:

  • Integrated cargo bed for versatility
  • Suspension system for increased comfort
  • Foot-operated deck lift mechanism
  • Choose the preferred cutting height
  • Increased speed
  • Durable and reliable
  • Compact design for restricted areas

Riding Mower

Regent, Broadmoor, Conquest, Prestige, Legacy XL are the five models of Simplicity riding mowers. Commonly feature with:

  • Less operational impact during the cutting process
  • Highly ergonomic and comfortable use
  • Durable construction and powerful engine
  • Can handle lawn maintenance for any season
  • Has an easy-to-use and adjustable lift system
  • Provides extended power engine life
  • Durable welded deck

Walk Behind Mower

Simplicity manufactures some of the best Walk Behind Mowers. The most common model is Simplicity 21″ walk behind mower self-propelled. Comes with:

  • Ease of use
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Intuitive controls that make mowing your lawn a breeze.
  • Robust frames and durable components
  • Feature a variety of attachments (baggers, thatcher, and snow blowers)

What Engine Does Simplicity Mower Use?

Simplicity mowers are power-packed with the reliable and durable Briggs & Stratton Professional Series engine.

With a power range of 6.5 to 27HP, Briggs & Stratton Professional Series engines are used in 8 out of 10 of America’s leading lawn mower brands, making them both reliable and easy to maintain.

The Professional Series engine provides the power necessary to mow the toughest lawns with ease.

How Good is Simplicity Mowers?

The company has loyal customers due to their products’ reliability and quality. The top three reasons to buy a Simplicity mower:


Most Simplicity riding tractors and zero-turn mowers have different suspensions.

Models of riding tractors have varied suspensions. Most have their Suspension Comfort System (SCS). Some mowers incorporate front and/or back suspension coils for comfort.

Zero-turn vehicles have three suspension types: SCS, pivoting front axle, and full independent suspension. Each suspension improves comfort and mowing speeds.

Premium feature

You can buy Simplicity models with features like power steering, electric height adjustment, and even push-button start without emptying your bank account.


Mowers from Simplicity will last you a long time. As so, it contributes to the brand’s already substantial number of dedicated customers. When compared to many other household manufacturers, these mowers feature superior construction.

What are the Best Simplicity Mowers?

There are a variety of Simplicity mower options. Users’ most preferred ones are listed below:

Simplicity 2691418 Prestige

This top-of-the-line mower from Simplicity offers more than just an exclusive suspension system. Its free-floating mower deck follows the contours of your lawn and stripes it with ease, while its electronic fuel management and hydraulic lift lever make mowing a breeze.

With 25% less operational impact than other brands, it’s well worth the investment butrequires frequent maintenance.

Simplicity 5901744 Contender XT

The 5901744 Contender XT Mower is a quality zero turn mower that can handle the toughest lawn maintenance tasks. Its Commercial Series Engine provides constant torque and speed, making mowing vast areas easy.

The adjustable lift system is lightweight and easy to operate, and its ability to work in harsh weather makes it trustworthy and robust.

This kind may not be suitable for smaller lawns and cost more than competing models.

Simplicity 5901743 Contender XT

The 5901743 Contender XT Zero Turn Mower is a reliable and efficient choice for your lawn maintenance.

Featuring a deck lift system and adjustable cutting height, it provides a comfortable ride and dependable cutting performance. The belt system also ensures that the drive belt remains secure, allowing for smooth and easy operation.

For those looking for an efficient zero-turn mower for larger lawn, the Simplicity 5901743 Contender XT is an ideal choice.

Simplicity Mowers Price List

The price list of different models of simplicity mowers are given below:

Types Models Price Range
Simplicity Zero Turn Mower Courier 3,799.00- 5,849.00
Courier XT 6,599.00- 7,699.00
Contender XT 8,399.00- 9,899.00
Citation XT 10,749.00- 11,249.00
Cobalt 14,899.00
Cobalt LE 17,849.00- 18,699.00
Simplicity Riding Mower Regent 3,649.00- 4,549.00
Broadmoor 5,499.00- 7,899.00
Conquest 9,999.00
Prestige 10,999.00
Legacy XL 14,699.00

Does Simplicity Mower Provide a Warranty?

Simplicity offers a comprehensive service package and a generous warranty, giving customers peace of mind in their purchase according to the models for around 2-3 years.

With features like seating, controlled traction, and quick-hitch deck removal, Simplicity has all the amenities one could want from a lawn care machinery provider.

To ensure customer satisfaction, Simplicity also provides warranty service only through authorized service dealers, further guaranteeing the quality of their products.

Where to Buy Simplicity Lawn Mowers?

Here is a list of some of the best places to buy a Simplicity lawnmower:

Turf Depot

Turf Depot is the premier Outdoor Power Equipment distributor in the North East of the US states. They sell Simplicity riding mowers in several versions. Turf Depot has basic and advanced mower models with costs of 3,649.00-14,699.00

Coleman Lawn Equipment

Coleman Lawn Equipment, Inc. has been proudly selling Simplicity zero-turn mowers in southern Illinois and surrounding areas. Depending on the model, range from around 3,799.00 to 18,699.00

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