2019 Simplicity Contender 27/61 (5901744)


Contender 27/61 (5901744)



Commercially-inspired features such as durable Hydro-Gear® Transaxles and a tough Briggs & Stratton® Engine make the Contender™ XT a powerful performer that leaves behind an impressively cut yard for all to see. With new levels of versatility, the integrated cargo bed† adds additional on-the-go convenience for the operator to carry tools, plants and more. Now featuring adjustable rear coil-over shocks and a pivoting front axle with shocks for increased comfort and mowing productivity.

  • Heavy-Duty Mower Deck: Experience a great cut with the added durability of a welded mower deck made from rugged 10-gauge steel with reinforced top, side skirts, corners and a steel front edge. Includes a limited lifetime warranty.**
  • Front & Rear Suspension: Now featuring adjustable rear coil-over shocks and a pivoting fron axle with shocks for increased comfort and mowing productivity.
  • Briggs & Stratton® Engine: Designed to perform under harsh, demanding conditions. With its patented five-step integrated cyclonic air management system, the Commercial Series Engine provides ultimate dust and debris protection for extended engine life.
  • Hydro-Gear® Transaxles: Designed for larger commercial mowing jobs, the ZT-3200® Transaxles deliver continuous torque, smooth speed and bi-directional control.
  • Height-Of-Cut: The mower deck lift system makes adjusting the fabricated steel mower deck a breeze. No wrestling with heavy levers, simply push the foot pedal and move the pin to the desired cutting height.
  • Added Versatility: The Contender™ XT is more than just a zero turn mower with a great quality of cut. Its integrated rear cargo bed† can carry tools, mulch and more and even dumps toward the rear for easy empty and rinsing capabilities. (Optional on 25/52 model)
  • Model: 5901744
  • Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton®
  • Start Type: Key
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Engine Displacement (cc): 724
  • Battery(cca): 300
  • Ground Speed-Fwd (mph): 0 - 9
  • Brake: Separate Lever
  • Front Tires (in): 13 x 5-6
  • Rear Tires (in): 22 x 11-10
  • Suspension: Front & Rear
  • Mower Deck Type: Fabricated
  • Height-of-Cut Positions: 10-Foot Assist
  • Blade Engagement: Electric PTO Switch
  • Anti-Scalp Wheels: 4 Front / Rear Rollers
  • Cargo Bed +: No
  • Headlights: Optional
  • Cup Holder: Yes / Fender
  • Rear Bumper: Standard, Steel Rear
  • Assembled Width (in): 77
  • Consumer Warranty (Product) **: 3-Days
  • Fabricated Mower Deck Warranty **: Lifetime
  • Marketing Model: 27/61
  • Engine Model: Commercial Series V-Twin
  • Power Rating *: 27.0
  • Choke/Throttle: Separate Choke & Throttle
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (gal): 5.5
  • Transmission Type: Hydro-Gear® ZT-3200®
  • Ground Speed-Rev (mph): 0 - 4
  • Frame: 11-Gauge Steel
  • Front Axle: Pivoting w/ Shocks
  • Seat: 18 High-Back Mesh
  • Cutting Width (in): 61
  • Height-of-Cut (in): 2.0 - 4.5
  • Number of Blades: 3
  • Mower Deck Removal: Frame Mounted
  • Spindle: Cast-Aluminum
  • Steering: Twin Levers
  • Fuel Level Indicator: Standard Gauge / Left Hand Fender
  • Assembled Length (in): 87
  • Roll Over Protection (ROPS): Fixed
  • Assembled Height (in): 68
  • Commercial Warranty (Product) **: 90-Days
  • Mulching Kit: Our innovative mulching kit reduces grass clippings and returns them to your lawn. Available for 52" and 61" mower decks. Shredder blades (sold separately) install to shred leaves with ease.
  • Triple Grass Catcher: Collect grass clippings into three easy-to-empty bags for a clean finish. Available for 52" and 61" mower deck size. Capacity: 10 bushels
  • Zero Turn Headlight Kit: Use the front headlight kit for better evening visibility while cutting the grass with your zero turn mower.
  • Cargo Bed: Make the Contender™ XT a versatile zero turn mower with the addition of a rear-dumping cargo bed. Comes standard on most models. Capacity: 100 lbs
*All power levels are stated gross horsepower at 3600 rpm per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton. +50 lb (Courier™) or 100 lb (Contender™) capacity, do not overload; do not carry passengers. See operator's manual for details. **See operator's manual or dealer for complete warranty details. Length of engine warranty coverage varies by manufacturer. †Suggested prices will vary by market. Prices in U.S. dollars. Set-up, delivery, documentation, and destination fees not included. See dealer for details. Features vary by model. We reserve the right to change specifications, features and pricing without notice. Not all models available in California.



Engine Manufacturer
Briggs & Stratton®
Horse Power
27.0 hp
Engine Type
Commercial Series V-Twin
724 cc


Hydro-Gear® ZT-3200®
Wheel Size
22 x 11-10 in.
Fuel Capacity
5.5 gal.


Deck Size
61 in.


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