View Full Version : Which to buy?

03-01-2008, 09:05 PM
I am trying to decide on either buying a used Quick 36 or a Gravely 34 Z. This will be my main mower. If you had to choose, which would you buy. Quick 36 Samurai 2007 80hrs $2300 Gravely 34Z 2006 15hp Kaw 500hrs $2700?

03-01-2008, 09:17 PM
I would go with the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz:waving:

03-01-2008, 09:18 PM
What kind of properties are you mowing ?

03-01-2008, 09:23 PM
Thats a good question! lol. Actually, right now I would say 1/4 acre or less. I have about 10 accounts but I am looking to grow tremendously this year. That is why I am so conflicted with my decision. I love the ability to sit on the Z but the Quick is such a good deal.

03-01-2008, 09:56 PM
I personally would go with the 34" ZTR in light of your desire to substantially grow the business this year !!

03-02-2008, 12:36 AM
Cmon, I know more of you have to have an opinion.

03-02-2008, 01:02 AM
Gravely 34 Z is faster in open areas, quick height adjustment where the quick 36 will take a few minutes to adjust the height , less fatigue after a long day with the 34 Z. Advantages of the quick 36 is price, very lightweight and compact, will not rut a lawn up in wet conditions, also better on hills.

03-02-2008, 10:14 AM
For those small props. I would go with the quick and order a step saver. When you grow then you can add a 48 in. + Z when it's truly needed.

03-02-2008, 10:58 AM
My opinion. Unless a majority of your properties have small gates to go through, get the largest mower that will manuever around the obstacles on your properties. I have a 66 ZT and a 44 WB. Thats all I carry. Personally I will never go smaller than 48 again. Fact is Im thinking about a 52 for my small mower. I had about 10 properties when I started out and used the 44 WB. It gets real old really fast and you just cant do the properties fast enough with a small WB. At this point, I would turn down a property with a small gate rather than own a smaller mower. Remember, you wanted opinions and thats just mine.

03-02-2008, 12:37 PM
You are really not going to want to walk all summer when it 90 degrees, I hardly want to sit when its that temperature let alone walk. The z is going to let you get those properties done quicker and have more time to do more lawns.

03-02-2008, 11:00 PM
bump bump......

03-05-2008, 04:01 PM
Rick- let me know if youre still interested. Im only 15 minutes from you. Mower is sitting the garage ready for some work!!

03-05-2008, 04:26 PM
You are really not going to want to walk all summer when it 90 degrees, I hardly want to sit when its that temperature let alone walk. The z is going to let you get those properties done quicker and have more time to do more lawns.

It's all about what you are used to doing. I have never ridden, always walked, no big deal. On my small props, mowing is only a fraction of my day anyway. The majority is walking for edging ,trimming and blowing.

03-05-2008, 05:02 PM
Buy the Gravely. For $400 more you will have a way, way more productive machine. You will never work as quickly on a WB...no way. And if/when you grow and buy a bigger machine, you can use the 34Z as the ultimate "through the gate" machine.

Besides, how is a used 36" WB for $2300 a good deal?

03-05-2008, 05:09 PM
Mines 2100$ and $2200 with the grass catcher. I need to get the 32"

03-05-2008, 05:12 PM
I'd definitely get the Z. Riding beats walking. Always. Or get like a 50"+ Z, and a 32" WB. There is really NO "one size fits all" mower.

03-05-2008, 05:59 PM
definitley the z. w/bs will be gone within 5 years cause of these new mini zs.

03-05-2008, 06:11 PM
I would get the Gravely hands down, I don't even have to give it a second thought. Sitting is MUCH better than standing any day especially when you are my age and its 100 degrees! However, like an above poster said that small deck my grow old real fast. I will never own nothing smaller than a 48". Just my .02. The Gravely though (for the price) will serve you well and you can get a bigger mower as you grow and need it.

david shumaker
03-05-2008, 08:47 PM
I started with a walk-behind. Walking at a fast pace all day started to wear me out and my legs would sometimes cramp up. I bought a rider the 2nd year. The walk behind still comes in handy for yards with alot of slopes or hills. I'm 60 years old, so I can't walk but so far in one day behind a mower. I would recommend a riding mower and a Quick 32 Walk behind. I ordered a Quick 32 for small gates and to carry as second mower for hills, ditches, etc. With the Quick 32, I will not need my 21 inch push mower.