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BCF150
04-19-2011, 04:00 PM
Hey guys I could use a little help choosing a new mower. Ive narrowed it down to two very similar models and just want some second opinions before I make the purchase. I've done my research and inspected them at the dealer, but would llike your opnions in case I've missed something.

The models Im considering are the Bob-Cat Procat and the Gravely Pro-Turn XDZ 152. I dont have experience with either brand but reviews are mostly positive for both companies. Dealer support will be the same as my dealer sells both brands. So here are the specs:

Bob-Cat ProCat - $6400
22hp Kawasaki FX w/ Donaldson
Hydro-Gear 12cc Pumps and Parker wheel motors 11 mph
13x6.5 front and 23x10 rear wheels
52 fabricated deck 10 ga top, 7 ga sides and reinforcements
Warner Mag 225 lb-ft electric clutch
Weight is 1256 lb
Includes spring suspension seat
5 yr / 500 hr warranty

Gravely Pro-Turn XDZ 152 - $6300
24hp Kawasaki FX w/ Donaldson
Hydro-Gear ZT3400 10 mph
13x6.5 front and 23x10.5 rear wheels
52 fabricated deck 7 guage
Ogura GT2.5 clutch
Weight is 1053 lb
Includes spring suspension seat
2 yr warranty

So the Bob-Cat has the better warranty and maybe a better drive system (still learning the differences). The Gravely has a more powerful engine, heavier deck, weighs less and is a little cheaper. Im not sure which has the better frame, but they both look very well built So which would you choose and why considering that I maintain three apartment complexes that I cut every two weeks, so nothing like running these everyday.

Thank You

Scag413
04-19-2011, 04:04 PM
Which dealer do you like better?

BCF150
04-19-2011, 04:16 PM
The same dealer sells both brands, so dealer support and service would be the same.

BINKY1902
04-19-2011, 04:49 PM
I have a 2010 proturn 152 I bought new last year, you will be very pleased if you choose it. The cut is great and it's just a tough, well built mower. I have had no problems and run it five days a week. The 3400 hydros are very smooth as well, and the 24 hp Kawi is great whether discharging or mulching.

Mickhippy
04-19-2011, 05:16 PM
How many hours per year do you think will be used? If under 100/yr, the Bobcats 5ry warranty sounds good to me.
Im sure both will do the job. You need to demo them side by side in same conditions to see which you like to drive and cuts best. If they are pretty much the same, I would go with the warranty!

Chevy z71
04-19-2011, 05:28 PM
I would pick gravely a n american workhorse since 1916.

weeze
04-19-2011, 06:06 PM
to be honest i wouldn't get either one lol. you can get a john deere z910a 54" 7 iron pro deck with 22hp kawi and 13cc pumps for just a little more. $7000

Scag413
04-19-2011, 08:03 PM
I personally would probably choose the Bobcat for both the warranty, stronger built deck, and a little bit faster. I also I more familiar with the brand of hydro pumps on the Bobcat than I am with the one on the Gravely. That could just be my own ignorance on that though

BINKY1902
04-19-2011, 08:29 PM
I personally would probably choose the Bobcat for both the warranty, stronger built deck, and a little bit faster. I also I more familiar with the brand of hydro pumps on the Bobcat than I am with the one on the Gravely. That could just be my own ignorance on that though


The Gravely deck is all 7-guage, the Bobcat has 10 guage top and 7 guage sides.

BCF150
04-20-2011, 07:35 AM
I have a 2010 proturn 152 I bought new last year, you will be very pleased if you choose it. The cut is great and it's just a tough, well built mower. I have had no problems and run it five days a week. The 3400 hydros are very smooth as well, and the 24 hp Kawi is great whether discharging or mulching.


BINKY, thank you for responding. I was hoping to get at least a couple from people who actually use the mowers I'm looking at. I'm glad you like yours and its good to hear that you are running it 5 days a week without any issues.

I do like the warranty on the Bob-Cat. I would only put around 100 or so hours a year on the machine it would give me 5 yrs of warranty.

Which one has the better drive system? The Gravely with the Hydro-Gear ZT-3400 or the Bob-cat with the separate 10cc Hydro-Gear pumps and Parker wheel motors?

pugs
04-20-2011, 09:55 AM
The Gravely deck is all 7-guage, the Bobcat has 10 guage top and 7 guage sides.

The top of the bobcat is 2 layers of 10 gauge with I think a 3rd layer at each spindle to reinforce them. There is a reason the Bobcat is 200lbs heavier.

Bobcat all day long.

The Bobcat probably has the better drive system. I still like separate pumps/motors as opposed to the all in one unitized ZT setups.

On the Warranty...that only covers the machine just so you know. You only get 3 years on the Kawasaki engines.