Pay more, get more
I spent some time at a local dealer learning all about Simplicity and Husqvarna tractors, then went to the big box retailer and compared JD, Cub Cadet, Ariens, etc. to what I saw at the dealer. There was no comparison in build and engine quality. The hood is metal with support brackets to lessen twisting and rattling, although I can see where the rub will happen like the other review states. While adjusting the deck wheels I also noticed the deck rubs on the frame at the 3" top height as the other reviewer noted. This should be rectified through quality control.
The engine (Kawasaki) is quiet and powerful enough to get me up my ditch in wet grass without any issue.
The cut with the reinforced deck is very good and with the obstacles in my yard I don't have to worry about denting the weak stamped deck if I accidently hit something. The brush bar on the front also keeps the front well protected too.
At the end of the day I paid a little more to get a more reliable engine, a deck that should last as long as the tractor (with a 10 yr warranty), and on overall very strong cut and tractor.
May 7, 2013
Nice Mid Level Ride-On...
Recently purchased the YT46LS. Although hesitant over the fact it's a new model for 2013, I was encouraged by my dealer that I would not have a problem and Husqvarna offers one of the better warranties in the industry. I am biased towards Kawasaki motors. I've had bad luck with Kohler and not too familiar with B&S. It was a toss between the YTH23V48, the YT42XLS, & the YT46LS. After some thought, I'm glad I chose this tractor. The reinforced deck should last the life of the tractor and looks more "stout" than the grey painted stamped steel decks. The 46" cut is a good match with the 22hp Kawi. I mow at 1/2-3/4 throttle and the power is sufficient. I see a bagger as a purchase in the future. Keep in mind, the welded steel decks require the "powered" $800-$900 collector where-as the stamped decks use the lesser priced units. Definitely $100-$200 more than comparable tractors (Cub Cadet). Husqvarna should add felt strips or bump stops on the bottom corners of their hoods. In this location, the hood is chafing the plastic. Also, the mower deck (when fully raised) hits a frame mounted metal bracket. All-in-All, I would recommend this tractor.
May 2, 2013