So I think I'm down to either the Simplicity Courier 48 or the Hustler Raptor 52. My comparisons:
They both have fabricated decks and Hydro-Gear EZT transaxles. Both have 3 gallon fuel tanks, cup holders and 11X4 front wheels. Engines are similar (23 Briggs professional on Simplicity, 24 Kohler 7000 on Hustler). Neither has an hour meter.
- Taller, wider tire (20X10-8 vs. 18X8.5-8)
- Mesh seat is definitely more comfortable and water will run through it so it'll dry quickly. Concerned about longevity though....
- Adjustable coil spring over shock suspension at all 4 corners on a pivoting axle vs. rigid structure.
- Pin set deck height so it always lowers to the same position vs. hand lever in a sawtooth slot.
- Foot pedal to raise deck so you can lift the deck to clear obstacles while moving, Automatically locks up if you push all the way. On the Hustler it's a hand lever so you have to release the control bar, then you have to make sure you return it to the correct position.
- Limit screws on the control bars so the top speed can be dialed back for newbies.
- Slightly smaller so easier to fit into the shed.
- Wash out port on the deck (none on Hustler)
- 50lb. capacity cargo deck above the engine. Might come in handy to carry something instead of having it on the foot platform.
- Wider cut (52" vs 48") and better reach beyond the tire track.
- Heavier construction (although the Simplicity is plenty strong). I think you could repeatedly bash this monster into a brick wall without denting or bending.
- $700 lower price ($2,999 vs. $3,699).
Overall I prefer the Simplicity. I think sitting on the Hustler for an hour without moving would get uncomfortable where I suspect the Simplicity probably really eats up the bumps. I just have to decide if I prefer it $700 worth. Given how many years I expect to own I suspect it's worth the extra coin.
Edited by MiCarl, April 27, 2016 - 07:17 PM.