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Old 04-17-2012, 08:44 AM
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Hey, like your review and for what it's worth, I 'liked' your photo.

When you get settled in on your new ride, show a picture of the hills you work on. The ones the new Gravely can handle and ones it has trouble. (Obviously, not where you would be put in harm's way or worse, leave a mark in client's lawn ) This spring is dry (getting too dry now) so I'm sure you can go more places than last years rainy season. Thanks
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:44 PM
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I demoed the pro turn 260 with a 27 hp Kawasaki and it had the x-factor deck. The deck stripped nice and had good discharge. There are some adjustments under the seat for the sticks that might help out the hydro. The gravely a high center of gravity which I didnt like. Also the deck kept jumping up like the machine was more ridged then my exmark or hustler. The deck was mounted on chains. They didn't have a 460 there to try but it might of made a difference.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:46 PM
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kmzlawncare, Looks nice. How good did the deck discharge the clippings? Did you find any odd or negative things about it? Which engine did it have?
The 460 discharged the clippings very well even in the morning when the grass was very wet the opening looks smaller then my Dixie's but it had no problem's and at the end of the day the deck was clean. The one I demoed had a 31hp engine on it and worked very well I'm going to buy a 466 that only comes with a 27hp Kaw. it makes no since to me but still should still have enough power. The only thing that I didn't like was the deck lift my wife is short and she had trouble lifting the deck that is the only thing that I seen I think Gravely hit the ball out of the park on this one.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:22 AM
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The 460 discharged the clippings very well even in the morning when the grass was very wet the opening looks smaller then my Dixie's but it had no problem's and at the end of the day the deck was clean. The one I demoed had a 31hp engine on it and worked very well I'm going to buy a 466 that only comes with a 27hp Kaw. it makes no since to me but still should still have enough power. The only thing that I didn't like was the deck lift my wife is short and she had trouble lifting the deck that is the only thing that I seen I think Gravely hit the ball out of the park on this one.
That is really strange why they only offer the 27 Kaw on the 466. I hadn't seen that.

For the deck lift, did you try sliding the seat all the way to the front position? I think there is also a couple of inches of adjustment on the foot pedal as well. Was the pedal hard to push as far as effort or strength needed?
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:54 AM
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I demoed the pro turn 260 with a 27 hp Kawasaki and it had the x-factor deck. The deck stripped nice and had good discharge. There are some adjustments under the seat for the sticks that might help out the hydro. The gravely a high center of gravity which I didnt like. Also the deck kept jumping up like the machine was more ridged then my exmark or hustler. The deck was mounted on chains. They didn't have a 460 there to try but it might of made a difference.
The 400 series deck is mounted with control arms instead of chains to eliminate any deck movement. Its one of the big improvements for stability.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:57 AM
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That is really strange why they only offer the 27 Kaw on the 466. I hadn't seen that.

For the deck lift, did you try sliding the seat all the way to the front position? I think there is also a couple of inches of adjustment on the foot pedal as well. Was the pedal hard to push as far as effort or strength needed?
Sorry I forgot to update you on the deck lift. I find it very easy with my leg. Also I'm able to lift the deck by hand using the lift system with some effort. The seat does move forward and there is another adjustment on the pedal like you said.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:17 AM
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She moved the seat up if you go to far the controls are to close and I did move the foot pedal to it's closest place. This was only a problem for her for me I had no problems. when I buy one I will make a bracket to fix the problem.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:32 AM
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I ran the 27 hp on the 260 and it had plenty of power. I got .64 gph running the 27 hp I checked. I would think 27 is enough for a 66 inch deck. Another thing is there should be more motor selections offered with the gravely.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:21 AM
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The 460 discharged the clippings very well even in the morning when the grass was very wet the opening looks smaller then my Dixie's but it had no problem's and at the end of the day the deck was clean. The one I demoed had a 31hp engine on it and worked very well I'm going to buy a 466 that only comes with a 27hp Kaw. it makes no since to me but still should still have enough power. The only thing that I didn't like was the deck lift my wife is short and she had trouble lifting the deck that is the only thing that I seen I think Gravely hit the ball out of the park on this one.
I am only guessing here, but I bet that if you looked at the actual model of the engine, and not the HP rating, they are the same engine (FX850V). The old rating was 31 HP, and the new rating is 27 HP for the same engine. If they are both 2012's, one may have been powered with an engine manufactured while Kawi was still using the old rating system (J1940), and the other may be more recent and rated using the newer system (J1995). They are still the exact same engine, and turn out the exact same ower as they always did, but just rated differently. The reason I say this is because I recently bought a new Z950 Deere, and mine has a newly manufactured engine with the new HP rating label, but right after I bought mine I looked a one or two that were also new 2012's, but they had the old 31 HP sticker on them.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:32 AM
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I went to the Gravley site and I was correct that the 466 is the 27 HP that was the old 31HP FX850, but I see they make the 460 in the FX850 listed using the new rating, and the 460 with the FX921 which is the old 34 HP, and now rated at 31. Maybe they figured the 66" version will be less popular, so they only offer the FX850 since it is a very popular engine. I lifted this directly from their site-

452 992230 Kawasaki® FX751V 24.5 HP 52" 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
452 992231 Kohler® EFI 29 HP 52" 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
460 992232 Kawasaki® FX751V 24.5 HP 60'' 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
460 992234 Kawasaki® FX850V 27 HP 60'' 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
460 992233 Kohler® EFI 29 HP 60'' 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
460 992235 Kawasaki® FX921V 31 HP 60" 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
466 992238 Kawasaki® FX850V 27 HP 66" 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
472 992239 Kawasaki® FX921V 31 HP 72" 13 mph/6 mph 13.4 gal
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