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Old 12-21-2009, 08:03 PM
Basilhayden Basilhayden is offline
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21" gravely?

I saw a 21" self propelled gravely with a bag and if i remember correctly, a 6h.p. kawasaki engine. It looked pretty clean and they were asking $250 for it. Anyone have any opinions about these mowers? How much do they run new? Thanks
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:17 PM
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You're looking at a $800+ mower if the LM21SW or $789 if an LM21S.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:31 PM
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Gravely/Ariens 21"

I have a LM21SW, and if you spend approx. $700-800 for this type of mower, make sure you get the "commercial" one with oil filter on the Kawa and wheels with ball bearings. It's called the PRO 21 XD (http://www.gravely.com/Consumer/walk...s/default.aspx). My local dealer has them for $749.95.

If you use a LM21SW (swivel wheels) on real rough ground you will wear out the front bushings pretty quickly and they are about $60 each to replace and the front wheels about $30 each. They have a steel bushing in the wheels, but since the wheels are plastic, the front wheels will start to wobble pretty bad.

The Kawasaki engine on mine is fantastic, but I've had to replace the starter rope 3 times in 2 years. The good news is that it is very easy to replace, and not very expensive.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:46 PM
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The none commercials are good mowers but wont hold up like a toro 21 for just a few hundred more. You will have small stuff break on them like handles and the ropes wear out fast because of the design but overall its an ok machine and it bags really well. I bought 2 and used them 3 days a week for a year before they were too much trouble to deal with. Oh ya the none commercials that I had run about $750ish new and I believe the commercial is about 1000 or so but im not sure.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:01 AM
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911136 LM21S Classic With Kawasaki FJ180V Gravely $789.00
911137 LM21SW Classic With Kawasaki FJ180V Gravely $809.00
911253 XD21 With Kawasaki 6.0 Commercial Engine Gravely $1,009.00
Those are the list prices till Dec 31.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:38 AM
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its just an ariens-pos
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:54 AM
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you are totally wrong. Theose 3 mowers listed in the other post are excellent cutting mchines. While two of them are not truely commercial quality, all three will last a long time with proper care. I actuall like the two "classic" machines better than I do the 'commercial" machine. They arte not as heavy and the drive syatem suits me better.


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Old 12-23-2009, 09:14 AM
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I looked at them last year. The reason I opted out was the cumbersome deck height adjustment. If I recall correctly, you had to pull the axles to adjust the deck height. This seemed like a hassle and looked like it would just take too much time.

I change my deck height several times per week based on the account I'm at. For those guys with this model, is the deck height adjustment a hassle or not?
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:23 AM
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I looked at them last year. The reason I opted out was the cumbersome deck height adjustment. If I recall correctly, you had to pull the axles to adjust the deck height. This seemed like a hassle and looked like it would just take too much time.

I change my deck height several times per week based on the account I'm at. For those guys with this model, is the deck height adjustment a hassle or not?
The LM21SW adjusts by levers in the back and adjusting pins in the front.
LM21S is levers front and rear. Same with the LM21SC. The Pro21XD has levers at the rear and a solid axle that you pull at the front. Held in by a Klick pin on either side.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:42 PM
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What kind of drive is in the Ariens LM21SW? Is it reliable and easier to fix? I try to avoid hydro because I am a homeowner, I don't need the top of the line commercial mower that is so expensive to fix. Read too many of the hydro and BBC that add weight and more trouble and cost a lot to fix.
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