Originally Posted by Mickhippy
I certainly get vibration (slight) through the levers on my SZ, and I religiously balance blades etc. I have a touch of white finger or HAVS and if I dont wear my glove my fingers start to tingle and get numb. I dont notice it through my feet or body but I'd have to go from one machine to another to really tell if theres a difference.
Id thought of making a vid (more to do with balancing blades) about vibration. I could unbalance a couple of blades, fill a glass with water and dye and put it on the deck, engage the blades and there would be a visual of the vibration. Then do the same with balanced blades and see what the difference is.
Im with Green about demos, no demo, no buy! Importers, manu's etc have reps that drive around going to shops. Surely they could do the same and tow a machine or 2. The old Hustler importers went out of there way big time for demos.
Surely its cheaper to loose "a little" on selling a machine on Craigslist or Ebay than to not make any sale at all!
Would you buy a new car or truck without a test drive? No chance!
I really miss the nimbleness of my old SZ. While the new kicks its butt on larger props, that smaller framed, lighter SZ was great on the small properties!
I dont know why they dont have a flex seat for the new machine, I miss it thats for sure. Seems to me there would be just enough room for one without the seat hitting the cooler.
I've been mowing with the 472, but before I began mowing, I started the 472 and the Super Z, got them both to 100% throttle with the blades engaged. I moved from one mower to the other while sitting approximately 30 seconds on each machine and concentrated solely on vibration. I never wear gloves and have never noticed any different feeling in my hands, or have never noticed any vibration in my feet or body.
I have said this many times and you reiterated it in your above statement. Your mind will not remember subtitles from one demo to another, the only true way to honestly understand the differences is to mow with one machine, get off, and begin mowing immediately with the other machine, this is the only really true test, and especially where feel is concerned.
I came to a firm conclusion that the Gravely 472 does have enough less vibration that I could tell a difference, but it was very small difference. I felt approximately 5% less vibration coming through the steering levers, and maybe 2% less through the foot pan. I felt no difference in vibration coming into my body through either seat.
I'm not sold on the dial a height, for some reason today I am having a very difficult time getting it to move past 3.25", is there something I'm missing on its operation?