JD L-Series 2006 redesign

Does anyone know the rationale behind the John Deere L-Series riding mower 2006 redesign?
The twin-cylinder 20HP engines were replaced by 1-cylinder 19HP AVS (anti-vibration system) "John Deere" engines. ALL of the mower model numbers were changed.
Was the 2005 model too well-made for the price (thus reducing profits), or was it too poorly made (thus reducing reputation)? Does anyone know?
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L series are mostly sold in box stores and to keep the cost down to compete with cub and toro they "cheapened " them up a bit ..

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Garden Viking Wrote:

Sense tells me that one cylinder developing almost the same HP as tw will most likely be quieter, smoother for the driver and mor economical (not that the economy of a riding mower is a massive issue)
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Just the opposite.
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jacobsdad wrote:

Actually most 2 cylinder engines will be smoother and quieter than most single cylinder engines because they are much better balanced. Two smaller pistons moving in opposition to each other will cancel out a lot of vibration. That being said, a really well built single cylinder (Honda) up against a poorly built twin (older Briggs) would tend to show otherwise.
I believe the single cylinder that JD is using is built by Kawasaki and should be very high quality engine, comparable to a Honda.
--
Art

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Artemis wrote:

Website says it's Briggs & Stratton, same as the 2005 twin engines.
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