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Old 04-04-2014, 08:42 PM
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I was missing your pictures, thanks for sharing. How did your winter go and do you have any big plans for this season?

How have your flatbeds been holding up?
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:23 AM
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There are a lot of guys on here that think very highly of the YBravos.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:11 PM
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Winter went very well. Way above average snowfall for our area, and mostly light and fluffy easy to deal with snow. No major breakdowns, couldn't ask for a better winter.

No big plans for this season, mostly improving efficiency as usual.

Flatbeds are doing great. They work perfectly for our situation.



I have read good things about the ybravos, which is partly why we decided to give it a try. We'll see how it performs.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:43 PM
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How do u like the Ybravo so far, looks nice.

What brand of spreader did u buy and what are the capacitys of it.

Winter was very nice this year but alittle on the cold side.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:47 PM
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Don't buy a ybravo!! We had a ton of problems with it within 5 hours of use. We returned it to the dealer for a second turfmaster.

What went wrong you ask? The transmission was very lacking on pulling power. The toro 30" isn't great, but a lot better than this was. Didn't cut well. Height was difficult to adjust. Very difficult to turn around due to transmission resistance in reverse (pulling backwards). We had cables fraying/snapping in the short amount of time we used it. Needless to say, we'll never try another ybravo.


We bought the Z-Max by L.T. Rich (Z-Spray). It has a 200# capacity hopper and (2) 25gal tanks (50gal total). We upgraded to the 7gpm pump which allows us to spray at 1gal/k. Nice for fungicide etc. that call for higher volume than the standard 1/3gal tips. Has been work great for us, really cuts back on the manual labor and saves us time.


It was a cold one, but i can live with it if we're gettin snow!
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:13 PM
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There are fixes for the issues you had with your ybravo.

we have 2 25" units and ran into similar problems. The cables fraying are due to the stop for the lower bail not keeping it from dropping lower. The extreme angle of the bail causes the cable to fray on the outside edge of the cable guide. I solved this by tying some wire as a limit stop for the bail. We frayed about 6 cables before they realized this. Supposedly the new bracket is redesigned.

One of our trans also was replaced with an updated unit.

These units get run hard for about 7 hours straight in one day on a 63 unit cluster home association. We used to go through about 3 toros a year because they wouldnt hold up. 2 years later and the ybravos are still solid.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:03 PM
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Glad to hear they are working for you. Hopefully yBravo has fixed or is working on fixing the problems.

How is the cut quality of your yBravos, and are you mulching or bagging?
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:03 AM
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95% mulching. cut is good, only clumps when its damp and alot of grass. I haven't found another mower built as solidly as these so far. Like I said, this account really takes a toll on push mowers.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:23 PM
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Just got done reading this whole thread, it looks like you have a nice business going, I'd love to get to work with my brother everyday! I've been thinking of getting an aluminum flat bed for my truck. I've got an '06 Ram 2500 4x4 and the access to the bed is kind of a pain, always climbing in and out every time I need something. I don't think I'd necessarily need the lift portion of it, but the flat bed itself looks like it would make things so much more convenient. If the lift wasn't too much more expensive, I'd probably spring for it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:35 PM
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I would highly recommend a flatbed, even if you don't get a hoist.

I hate working out of a regular pickup bed now. Flatbed is just so convenient, and don't have to worry about scratching/denting the bedside either.


Here's an updated pic of our newest truck. We don't usually work out of this one. Just installed a suspension upgrade, no more saggy front end.

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