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terracare
04-01-2004, 10:29 PM
Pics we took a couple weeks ago of the new 34z. We tried it out today at a few gated accounts and loved it. We'll be taking some striping pics soon.

Todd

terracare
04-01-2004, 10:30 PM
It's a wee one. ;)

terracare
04-01-2004, 10:31 PM
back view of the mower

terracare
04-01-2004, 10:32 PM
the 15 hp kawasaki.. Ed and I can talk normal when it idles. One of the quietest engines I've ever heard!

Todd

terracare
04-01-2004, 10:33 PM
Last one, just a pic of the control setup

Todd

The Lawn Boy Pro
04-02-2004, 07:13 AM
Same engine on my Metro W/B. I agree its EXTREEMLY quiet and not to mention how smooth it purrs :p

terracare
04-02-2004, 08:35 AM
Yeah we have this engine on our 48 in metro hp

Todd

terracare
04-02-2004, 04:59 PM
Some stripes I made with it. Very bumpy ride with this mower. We are definitely looking into a suspension seat.

Todd

terracare
04-02-2004, 05:00 PM
Another view, same spot

Todd

terracare
04-02-2004, 05:02 PM
Last one... some longer stripes on bumpy part of Ed's property. No fun to mow this one without a suspension seat.

Todd

msloop77
04-02-2004, 05:25 PM
Besides the bumpy ride that the gravely 34 gives while mowing, how do you like it overal? Have been looking at the 48inch gravely/ or the 48 bad boy. Can't decide what to do. I might just have to put a set of jungle wheels behind my exmark turf tracer hp 48, and call it good.

terracare
04-02-2004, 05:32 PM
Oh it's a great mower. It's perfect for what we do and it handles very nicely. It is going to save a TON of time in fenced/tight areas. It's very quick, gives a great cut and it stripes very nicely. We love it

EDIT: Sorry I forgot to mention this. For those of you who do that quick turn thing, this mower might not be for you. It's heavy enough to really tear the grass up, but light enough to slide all over the place. You HAVE to do very careful three point turning with this one.

Todd

firekilr2
04-02-2004, 08:14 PM
Ordered it 2weeks ago. Its in waiting for bagger to come in before they deliver. Russo power 3700.00

ALL AMERICAN
04-02-2004, 11:55 PM
here is what you need for those bumpy rides:

http://www.ferrisindustries.com/mz_is5000z.php

Mowingman
04-03-2004, 08:27 AM
Todd,
I think Gravely specs call for too much air in the tires, making for a hard ride. Try using about 12 lbs in the front, and 15 in the rear, and see if that helps some.:)

terracare
04-03-2004, 09:40 AM
CAT diesel... That might be something I'd choose for my own personal mower :)

I'll talk to Ed about the pressure changes :)

Todd

brucec32
04-22-2004, 01:56 AM
Very cool pics. That looks like a neat little mower for about the same price as a similar size and power hydro wb. The stripes and cut look great.

Would you say it would be a good choice for small tight lawns and gated lawns? Slap a mulch kit on that thing and I could imagine sitting the day away on any property out there.

twins_lawn_care
04-22-2004, 09:56 AM
Looks like that mower really cuts well. I'll be in the market for a small mower this year (32" - 36") and am considering this one as well.
Are there any other problems you see other than the turning and bumpy ride as of yet?
Looks good!

65hoss
04-22-2004, 10:53 AM
I demo'd one. They are a very well built heavy duty machine. But...they skid easily on turns and slowing down. They also have a high pucker factor on hillsides. They are rated at only 12 degrees of slope. Overall, its a nice strong unit. Gravely built this unit as WAY overkill. Thus, for the money it is a great buy. Great buy as long as you have pretty flat areas you are going to use it in.

EagleLandscape
04-22-2004, 03:59 PM
terracare... how much did that one cost ya? I saw it the other day at the dealer and it sparked my interest.

terracare
04-23-2004, 01:05 PM
Little over 4000.00 with the mulch kit. About 4500 with the new suspension seat

Todd

Trevors Lawn Care
04-24-2004, 06:18 PM
Look like the "MINI Z" to my gravely 44in. Shes a beauty, I have ONE BUMPY RIDE! I have an acre property that will make you see your breakfeast coming the wrong way if you eat in the morning. Figured that out yesterday morning.

EZTarget
04-25-2004, 04:02 PM
re: bumpy ride. how much is the susp seat?
also, does it get so bumpy that it affects the cut quality of the lawn?
can you really do 3 acres an hour on this?

brucec32
04-30-2004, 03:26 PM
I'm considering using this mower for narrow gates and areas and to back up my 48" lazer hp on wider areas if it goes down. I still need a 32/36 inch wb and this one does a few things better for about the same money as a hydro wb. The only drawback is hills and berms, but I'm in Florida so those hopefully won't come up much, and hopefully will be small enough for a 21" to handle if they do. I figure I'd be at max productivity and lowest fatigue all the time w/ those two ztrs on the trailer.

terracare
04-30-2004, 10:59 PM
little over 4000 with the light and mulch kits

Todd

splatz100
08-20-2004, 08:23 PM
how wide is the whole thing form the farthest point on each side

ProStreetCamaro
08-21-2004, 06:24 PM
We to have a new 34Z. Have had it for about a month now. We absolutely love it. Its true that it isnt great on hills and it will slide easy. Once you get use to how it handles it becomes second nature. Ours was EXTREAMLY rough when we first got it. I let the air out to 12 pounds in the front and 15 in the rear and that helped big time. It cuts really good and has enough power. Last friday the tire on our 48"lazer blew out just as I made 1 pass on a lawn thats almost 2 acres. I limped it back up the street and got on the 34Z. Took me about 35-40 minutes to cut it where it would have normaly taken 20. GREAT mower. Here is some pics of ours!

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid129/p698c84bd275012a714db0a5209f66a35/f7d0830b.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid129/pfa49f34913dc6ccd0fe2cefafd4703f5/f7d08308.jpg

ProStreetCamaro
08-21-2004, 06:29 PM
One thing I have noticed that I find kind of strange. With the 34Z set at 3" it cuts the same as our lazer at 3.5", so one of the 2 is off by .5". I need to go measure and see which one is wrong. Anybody else notice this with there 34z?

terracare
08-24-2004, 04:29 PM
Yes we've noticed that too but have not checked to see which one is different. We dont mind so much, just a matter of dropping the 34z down another 1/2 in. We also let a bit of pressure out of the tires and noticed a big difference. That combined with the suspension seat made it a lot more comfortable.

Todd

LCRIII
08-24-2004, 05:20 PM
Good looking machine. I have a Encore Z34 as my primary mower. Same 15hp engine. What is the fuel capacity with the dual tanks? On the Encore it is 3.5gal and I can get about 2-hours per gallon.

brucec32
09-02-2004, 03:57 AM
Originally posted by ProStreetCamaro
One thing I have noticed that I find kind of strange. With the 34Z set at 3" it cuts the same as our lazer at 3.5", so one of the 2 is off by .5". I need to go measure and see which one is wrong. Anybody else notice this with there 34z?

My lazer z hp also cuts .5" exactly below its indicated height. I have read other posts saying the same thing. So it may just be an Exmark trait. I just remember that when setting the cutting height and adjust accordingly.

gogetter
09-02-2004, 06:20 PM
Guys, tell me what I'm missing. Why go with such a small ZTR over other options?

I'll give you an example of what I'm referring to. When I think of my small gated lawns, I see small back yards, with various obstacles like clothes lines, swing sets, some bushes here or there, an above ground pool deck, etc.

I currently use a 36" Exmark belt drive wb to do these. Ideally I would prefer to use a hydro for these. But I THINK I would want that hydro to be a walk behind.
With the mower having to go in UNDER the swing sets, clothes lines, bushes, etc, it seems a mid-mount ZTR would be slightly less efficient in this regard.

Now, if you were to say to me that the lawn beyond the narrow gate is large and open, then I could see this little ZTR being useful.
However, I would then wonder why not wait for something like Hustlers 48" Gate-a-mabobber to come out so you could REALLY be efficient in those yards?

So I feel I'm missing something here.
Maybe a description on the types of lawns or situations you're using them on would help me to understand.

ProStreetCamaro
09-02-2004, 06:39 PM
My father that is 55 years old is now SITTING on a mower instead of walking or standing behind one. Its faster, its nible, it cuts like a dream and its 100% better machine that the 36" scag wb that we have.

cward
09-03-2004, 05:24 PM
I've got the tire pressures at 10 lbs all the way around and re-adjusted the deck at these pressures. It really helped with tearing up the grass and haven't had any problems with this set up.

splatz100
09-03-2004, 07:16 PM
whats cheaper the gravely or the encore?


what is the price of the encore?

splatz100
03-29-2005, 07:33 PM
Terracare,

Where did you buy the suspension seat from, also when you lowered you tire pressures did you have to adjust the deck??

terracare
03-31-2005, 10:34 AM
Terracare,

Where did you buy the suspension seat from, also when you lowered you tire pressures did you have to adjust the deck??

We purchased the suspension seat from our gravely dealer. It is the same suspension seat used by Exmark, Gravely, and probably a handful of other ztr manufacturers. You have to trick the seat switch when you install it.

The deck seemed to be quite a bit higher when we purchased the machine. We set the exmarks at 3 1/4 inches the entire year, so we found the deck height on the gravely that matches the exmark decks. They are 1/2 inch apart I believe.

Todd

Patrick.B
04-02-2005, 07:05 PM
http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=98905

Patrick.B
04-03-2005, 11:16 PM
GoGetter ,,,,i think i rather buy Z 34 then spend money on w/b ..with a 34 Z you can go just about any back yard just like w/b and beside If your big Ztr break down you have your 34 Z for back up..i don't hardly use my w/b at all..i use it for two customer i have and that it,,,,,,i do alot of big yard and commercial .......My 144 ZTR does a good job , :cool2:

Kraw
05-31-2007, 07:36 PM
sorry to revive an old thread, but I bought a 34z a few months ago. Going by what I read here, I aired down my tires, but I have rolled the front right tire off the rim twice. Has anyone else had this issue? I only use it on my own yard (1.6 acre lot) and it's a rough rider.

I want to get a suspension seat too, what are they running?

well, since it a picture thread, here's mine

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/ggaskin/House/Rudders/yard/IMG_1765.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/ggaskin/House/Rudders/yard/IMG_1762.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/ggaskin/House/Rudders/yard/IMG_1768.jpg

my back yard. I have since gone further back into the high grass. Slowly getting it all cut :) We have tons of rocks out here so I cut it a little shorter each time, until all the rocks are gone


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/ggaskin/House/Rudders/yard/IMG_1778.jpg

front yard

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a348/ggaskin/House/Rudders/yard/IMG_1769.jpg

copotay
06-17-2007, 11:51 AM
I have a 152z and was also looking at a suspension seat, I'll end up calling and getting a price unless someone knows how much they are right off. One of my questions though about the suspension seat is will it make you sit too high for the handles to be comfortable.

copotay
06-19-2007, 09:15 AM
I went out and bought one from the local dealer it is $252.00. It is an add on that you use the old seat along with the tracks. pretty easy to install it also comes with a wire harness to add length to the seat button. It is made by seats incorporated in wisconsin. It looks like ariens/gravely bought this seat from that company and added directions and the harness to install on the Zs. Be aware it raises the seat about 2 1/2 inches so I had to raise my handles. It also does not go as far back as it used to because of the way the suspension kit is designed, so u will lose about 1 1/2 inches to back the seat up. I sat on it, and its pretty comfortable, however did not cut my normal 2 1/2 hours yet to see how it works for that long a period of time on the machine at one time.

here is the link to the company of what this thing looks like

http://www.seatsinc.com/ngp/!slmenu_template.main?complex_id_in=272.8132.8142.9101.cat

Wecutgrass
01-11-2011, 02:19 PM
any of yall wanna sell yalls 34z's?

bobcat48
01-11-2011, 07:42 PM
Looks great,really like that gravely z very nice mower and stripes look great.