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odin
11-11-2001, 07:06 PM
will you have the double blade setup in 2002 larger walkbehinds 48 or larger ? we want to ditch our 52 scagg and get a 48 or 52 inch gravely hydro first thing next spring

Richard Martin
11-11-2001, 07:46 PM
The 48" prototype that I tested for Gravely did have the double blades and they worked very well. It is my understanding that they will be available for the 48 hydros.

Eng Mwr Guy
11-13-2001, 10:15 PM
Richard is correct.

The 48 will definitely have double blades available. We are currently testing the 52 inch deck with doubles and it looks promising.

Barry

Evan528
11-14-2001, 12:33 AM
What made gravely decide to finally do away with the 50 inch deck and go to 48's anf 52's like everyone else?

Richard Martin
11-14-2001, 04:58 AM
Evan, you answered your own question.

Eng Mwr Guy
11-14-2001, 12:36 PM
Once again, Richard is correct.

Richard was a large part of why we did away with it on the WB's. He pointed out areas that needed improvement in order to handle tall wet grass. I then determined that the changes were too drastic on the 50 deck and decided to get into the main stream WB market instead of being the odd duck.

Barry

odin
11-15-2001, 08:50 PM
Any idea what the 48 and 52 will retail for ?I know spring is a long way off but i was just wondering

Eng Mwr Guy
11-16-2001, 09:30 AM
Suggested List prices are as follow:

Hydro

15HP 48 fixed deck $4299
15HP 48 float deck $4649
17HP (electric start w/recoil backup) 48 float $5049
17HP (elec start too) 52 float $5249

Note these are suggested list. With demand being strong it is possible dealers may charge more. Then again, they may charge less.

Any other questions let me know.

Barry

odin
11-16-2001, 06:46 PM
These prices stack up very well against scagg ,we will be buying gravely this time .we have a dealer not far from my location

Richard Martin
11-16-2001, 07:18 PM
odin00,
Although I do endorse the new Gravely mowers I also recommend that you try out all of the mowers that are available to you.

I say this because you are making a business decision to buy a Gravely mower without even having test driven one. The new Gravely mowers are nothing like the old ones.

When Spring comes and the new Gravelys are in the showrooms try them out. You most likely will like them.

odin
11-16-2001, 07:21 PM
Richard you are absolutely right,but i have a strong suspicion there will be a gravely on one of our trailers next spring

Eng Mwr Guy
11-16-2001, 11:10 PM
Once again, Richard is correct. I want you to be astonishingly happy with your choice over the life of the machine. Make sure it is the right choice for you.

Barry

odin
11-17-2001, 05:37 PM
I want to thank you guys for your replys, if gravelys service is as first class as you guys im looking forward to dealing with them

odin
11-21-2001, 11:29 AM
Originally posted by Eng Mwr Guy
Suggested List prices are as follow:

Hydro

15HP 48 fixed deck $4299
15HP 48 float deck $4649
17HP (electric start w/recoil backup) 48 float $5049
17HP (elec start too) 52 float $5249










does that include the mower deck because i noticed of your website they had prices without mower deck

Eng Mwr Guy
11-21-2001, 11:52 AM
Mower decks are no longer considered "optional" :-) However, the tires are....jus kidding.

Add double blades, mulch kit and a grass catcher (steel) for about $475.00 on the 3 blade deck.

Good question!

Barry

odin
11-21-2001, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by Eng Mwr Guy


Add double blades, mulch kit and a grass catcher (steel) for about $475.00 on the 3 blade deck.

Good question!

Barry

DOES GRAVELY sell there own grass catcher or will i have to get a gobbler or accelarater?

Eng Mwr Guy
11-21-2001, 09:58 PM
The new catcher fits all new decks without tools and without modifying anything.

They are similar to the Grass Gobbler and are similarly priced.

Barry

Chopper Lover
11-29-2001, 06:20 PM
Barry,

The information you listed above for the options and pricing on the Hydro W/B's is very helpful. I am considering another belt/gear drive for next season. What type of pricing should I be ready to expect on those models?

Thanks,
Mark

Eng Mwr Guy
11-29-2001, 07:06 PM
I am glad you asked.

1332 $2299
1336 $2399
1536 $2699
1548 $2899
1548 $3149 Float deck
1748 $3599 Float deck

Note the 48" deck has the striper kit STANDARD!

The 36" deck has a blade tip speed of 18,990.

The 13HP engine is a twin. Real smoothe.

Thank You

Barry

odin
11-30-2001, 01:43 AM
Barry

Will there be doubles and a stripeing bar for any of the belt-drive?
Also i would like to say, i hope gravely areins knows the first class job you do on the site. and give you a big christmas bonus.

Eng Mwr Guy
11-30-2001, 09:20 AM
Doubles are optional on all 32, 36, 48 decks. 52 should be approved here shortly.

Striper is optional on 32 & 36 decks. It is standard on 48 & 52 decks.

The bonus I get is serving the LCO community. (talk about smarmy huh? )
:blush:

Barry

PS
Yes, cash in the stocking on the mantle would be nice!

odin
11-30-2001, 10:39 AM
I Forgot to ask about the tip speed on the 48 and 52 decks
thanks barry

Richard Martin
11-30-2001, 10:46 AM
Barry wrote:
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The 36" deck has a blade tip speed of 18,990.
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Assuming that a person doesn't increase the engine rpms past 3,600? Dixie Choppers come in right at 19,000 also when the engine is set at 3,600 but the Kohler equipted Dixies are factory approved to run at 3,750.

Eng Mwr Guy
11-30-2001, 11:06 AM
36 & 52 is 18,990fpm

32 & 48 is 17,400fpm

It is this way to have common pulleys on all models.

Engine speed will be 3550. The factory does not approve removing the air cleaner cover and adjusting the mechanism to get up to 3750. This is not allowed by Gravely / Ariens.

;)

Interesting though the 48 has been an awesome cutting deck. When benchmarked with Exmark, Toro and MTD our deck generally cut better according to LCO's who tested it.

Barry

Richard Martin
11-30-2001, 02:16 PM
I'm sorry Barry, I worded that last sentence wrong. DC Kohlers are approved by Kohler to run at 3,750 when equipted with the Donaldson air cleaner, Amsoil bypass filter and the larger engine oil cooler. Be aware though, these engine drink a LOT of gas at these rpms.

Chopper Lover
12-01-2001, 10:05 AM
Barry,

I see the blade tip speeds are slower on the 32 & 48 inch decks when compared to the 36 & 52's. I assume it is because of the length of the actual blade.

How does blade speed relate to the quality of cut and proficiency of any particular mower?

Thanks,
Mark

PS. You have been very helpful and full of valuable information. How could we contact Gravely to get an "atta-boy" for you?

Eng Mwr Guy
12-01-2001, 12:12 PM
**How does blade speed relate to the quality of cut and proficiency of any particular mower?**

I believe BTS is overrated. I see it more as a marketing tool.

However, a poorly designed deck/baffle system will perform worse with high BTS.

I know the 48" deck has made LCO's lose sleep from not being able to wipe the grin from the face since the cut was so good. I would like to tell you we had a magic formula...we don't. The 48 (with the slightly slower BTS) has been an amazingly good quality of cut with single blades...when we add the doubles it is breathtaking. The other decks have been excellent too....just for some reason the 48 is 1% better.

We sprinkled pixie dust on the 48 deck and it works extremely well.

**You have been very helpful and full of valuable information.**
Most people stop with saying I a full of it.;)

**How could we contact Gravely to get an "atta-boy" for you?**
No need to do this. I love what I am doing right now and consider this site's support to be fun. (what a sick person, huh?) So far I have received more from all of you than I have given. I am working to even things out.

Demo or purchase a machine....tell me what you think, do not hold back. This is the best atta boy I can receive. I will need to work at listening well at this point because these new WB's are my babies. However, there is always room for improvement.

Barry