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Willofalltrades
03-06-2006, 11:03 AM
I found a Gravely 260 with a LC motor for $8300 new. I liked the machine but I have the feeling a 60" deck is to big. I want to get the 252 now.The dealer says that gravely hiked their prices on all 2006 models and that a deal like this will be scarce. If I want a 252 I have to get a 2006 which is more money than the 2005 260. The machines haven't been changed and are identical besides the deck size. Should I go for the 60" and chance it being to big or pay the extra for a smaller deck? I also have 2 trailers. One is a 6x12 and the other is a 5x8. I would prefer to use the 5x8 because I get better mileage and my vehicle handles this better than the 6x12. Logically, the 260 will not fit on the 5x8 so I would be forced to stress the vehicle towing the heavy mower and trailer. This is another reason I would prefer a 52". any solutions or opinions on my dilemma?

jtkplc
03-06-2006, 12:05 PM
Well, only you know your accounts and if it would be too big or not. Gravely's site lists the 252 with manual deck lift and 25HP Kawasaki for $8299 MSRP. So I would think you could get one cheaper than the 260 LC.

One thing you might want to thing about is the 252 uses the same frame as the 260 and the 252 have NO trim edge. I would not want that. The deck is right at the edge of the tires, and if I remember correctly from looking at one last year the deck might not even come out to the edge of the tires. This would also make for weird looking stripes, because of the amount of overlap you would have to have that would make part of the tire track disappear.

You must be using a small vehicle to pull your equipment if there is a big difference in mileage and handling with the 6 x 12?

Envy Lawn Service
03-10-2006, 01:11 AM
jtkplc is right about the 252Z....

$8,300 ain't bad for a liquid cooled 60" unit... ain't bad at all.
You get a lot of bang for the buck with Gravely.

MTR
03-10-2006, 04:03 AM
I found a Gravely 260 with a LC motor for $8300 new. I liked the machine but I have the feeling a 60" deck is to big. I want to get the 252 now.The dealer says that gravely hiked their prices on all 2006 models and that a deal like this will be scarce. If I want a 252 I have to get a 2006 which is more money than the 2005 260. The machines haven't been changed and are identical besides the deck size. Should I go for the 60" and chance it being to big or pay the extra for a smaller deck? I also have 2 trailers. One is a 6x12 and the other is a 5x8. I would prefer to use the 5x8 because I get better mileage and my vehicle handles this better than the 6x12. Logically, the 260 will not fit on the 5x8 so I would be forced to stress the vehicle towing the heavy mower and trailer. This is another reason I would prefer a 52". any solutions or opinions on my dilemma?

There is no way you can fit 252 gravely on 5x8..., the machine is a monster ..look and feel the build, it is even better if you test drive, but what ever Gravely you get, make no mistake, it is the most bang for the bucks mower!
I just got a leftover 2005 152z with 23 kawi...sweet and power that is all I can say.

LawnGuy73
03-10-2006, 08:55 AM
I think no matter what you buy, 260 or 252 you will be happy with it.

jtkplc
03-10-2006, 09:32 AM
There is no way you can fit 252 gravely on 5x8..., the machine is a monster ..look and feel the build, it is even better if you test drive, but what ever Gravely you get, make no mistake, it is the most bang for the bucks mower!
I just got a leftover 2005 152z with 23 kawi...sweet and power that is all I can say.

Why won't a 52" fit on a 5x8? 52" will fit into 60" according to my math. It might be a snug fit, but it will work.

MTR
03-10-2006, 01:31 PM
Why won't a 52" fit on a 5x8? 52" will fit into 60" according to my math. It might be a snug fit, but it will work.

You have to take the chute off and really tip-toe your deck into it. I have tried with my Gravely 152 m, it is very snug, but the 252 is a lot heavier and sturdier mower with 1.5 inch wider than 152, that is why I doubt the possibility. I think you can but there is gonna have lot of possiblities that your side deck scraping with railing.

jtkplc
03-10-2006, 01:49 PM
You have to take the chute off and really tip-toe your deck into it. I have tried with my Gravely 152 m, it is very snug, but the 252 is a lot heavier and sturdier mower with 1.5 inch wider than 152, that is why I doubt the possibility. I think you can but there is gonna have lot of possiblities that your side deck scraping with railing.

Yeah, with that shoot down it would be a problem, I didn't even think about that. I couldn't fit my 260 on my 6x12 with the shoot down.

lawnboyri1
03-10-2006, 03:47 PM
We have a Gravely 272 with a Peco system. I find it too big for some lawns. Wish my boss stayed with the 260, but want to be the first in our area with that model