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Old 05-07-2012, 10:52 PM
Snapper Jack Snapper Jack is offline
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Kanman........What's you opinion on the Vanguards and what GPH are you getting with the 20HP?
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:31 PM
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Kanman........What's you opinion on the Vanguards and what GPH are you getting with the 20HP?
Very few issues with the engine itself. The valve covers stay eternally damp from oil seepage. Its not that they actually leak or drip, its almost like an osmosis thing where they stay just damp enough to always look dusty. There is probably an easy fix, but I have never taken the time to deal with it. Ive never touched anything other than filters and a couple of new batteries on that motor. [knock on wood] nothing ever needs replacing.

I honestly don't have a good grasp on fuel consumption these days, since all I mow is my own property. Ten or fifteen gallons will last me the entire summer. Its comparing apples to oranges for commercial mowing, sorry I don't have better numbers for you.

I've never regretted getting the Vanguard motor. Its a good starter in all temps. Doesn't get fussy with the choke position. From dead cold, even on hot days I choke for half a second while cranking. Soon as it hits I shut the choke off and shes ready to go. Shes not in the least bit cold blooded. Throttle up and go...

I do run a mulch kit, and in very heavy wet grass its possible to lug the motor to the point where you might have to let up, or even stop to let the motor rpm catch back up. But, that in an extreme situation, and its the mulch kits fault not the engine. It just cant clean itself fast enough to keep up with the action.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:10 AM
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Kanman-
I think the Vanguard is a great engine, and I'm not suprised you haven't had any real trouble from yours. BTW, all the Kohler's I've had with OH valves had sooty/seepage covered valve covers too. Not quite as bad with my Kawi's for some reason. These days I'd take a Vanguard as readily as I would a Kawi, and that's saying something for me because I've had extremely good luck so far with Kawi's. Not so much with Kohler anymore.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:58 AM
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Kanman ....Thank You!
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:50 AM
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Kanman...Thanks for the pics. She is in really nice shape for her age!
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:07 AM
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GMLC - have you had the chance to use the stander yet?
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:15 AM
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GMLC - have you had the chance to use the stander yet?
Not yet, sorry. The prototype I thought was for me was actually for the district manager. Mine should arrive in a couple weeks. Im looking forward to another review.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:51 PM
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Reading your post actually inspired me to get mine cleaned back up. Im actually going to see about re painting the underside of the deck.

I wonder if the Gravely mechanics are kinda like the lonely Maytag repairmen. They dont know their customers, because they never see them after the original sale LOL. The local Gravely shop here does not know me from Adam.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:50 AM
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Got quotes for a 460 today.

31hp $10,259 + tax
27hp $9,894 + tax


What do you guys think?
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:59 AM
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Got quotes for a 460 today.

31hp $10,259 + tax
27hp $9,894 + tax


What do you guys think?
I think you should buy it and let me use it...
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