I was in a NON Green dealership & I noticed that the Snapper lawn tractors on display looked a lot like Massey Ferguson lawn tractors. I have a business relationship with the owner of the dealership & I asked him if Massey Ferguson was building tractors for Snapper.
I was told NO. It was Briggs & Straton engines that got involved with building the Snapper tractor & found its business expanding from it that they also started to build the lawn tractors for Massey as well. I think he also told me that B&S is now building units for Murray as well as another name brand which I can't recall right now. All this has me wondering how much longer Deere will continue to assemble all the tractors in its current lineup. I may be wrong, but I think Deere is the only one left that has not spun off any of its lines. Massey Ferguson-which IMHO builds a really nice product has seen fit to spin off its L&G's & just concentrate on its diesel line.
I was told that all these companies, like Massey Ferguson, Snapper, Murray have given over some of their product lines to companies like B&S and it has been a financial bonanza for all involved. B&S wanted to increase its capacity for engine building & the tractor companies were looking for a way to reduce engineering costs, common parts inventory, etc. Personally I think Deere is moveing closer & closer to spinning off some of its models, especially the low end gas engine puddle jumpers used on 1/4 acre grass lots. Just my own feelings on it.