36" Walk Behind BobCat - Toro - Gravely

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bigtuna, May 31, 2005.

  1. bigtuna

    bigtuna LawnSite Member
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    Hi, Looking for a 36" walk behind for my house. This mower will only be used by me for my house (residential use .7 acre). I really don't want anything fancy, I just want a good machine that I will not need to replaced or give me problems. The options I have so far are as follows:

    Bob-Cat Gear Drive Classic Walk-Behind 13 HP Kolher ($2,695) w/bag (2 year warranty)
    Gravely Pro G 1548 Walk-Behind 13HP Kawasaki ($2,650) w/bag (2 year warranty)
    Toro Mid-Sized Walk Behind Fixed Gear 13HP Kawasaki T bar ($2,760) (1 year warranty)

    Price wise I'm leaning towards the Gravely with the Kawasaki. Are these quality machines compared with Toro & Bob-Cat or are they lower end? Also, should I stick with the Kawasaki versus the Kohler? I hear they are better engines. I'm located in south of Boston Massachusetts. Any advise on good or bad dealers in this area? Sorry for all the questions Thanks for the help as I'm sick of borrowing my brother in laws 21" mower and spending 3 hours on the lawn each week!!!!!
     
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,666

    I am a Gravely dealer. That is a pretty good price on that Gravely. The Gravely is a very solid, well built machine and has many features that are not found on the other two machines. Before I became a dealer, I had a large lawn maint. business, and actually owned a toro and a bobcat a one time. The bobcat was very hard to get parts for, very little support from the manufacturer. The Toro had the "T" bar steering that both me and my helpers all hated. The last crew to load always got stuck with the Toro.
    Compare the features, the warranty, and the dealer support, then make your decision. I liked Gravelys so much, I became a dealer.
     
  3. ted5487

    ted5487 LawnSite Member
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    I am also located on the south shore of Massachusetts. I have used BobCats for many years and have been very happy. I have owned 3 of these machines and part time do 12 lawns a week. Mine are all belt drive and one of the things I do not like is the pistol grip controls. The pistol grips work fine but I think that there are better options for comfort as well as some degree of hand protection. I recently purchased a used 37 inch Hustler hydro with the T-bar handle for $2850.The Hustler mower had less than 20 hours and is in excellent condition. The Hustler seems to be over engineered, and by that I mean that the quality of every part of the machine is top notch. I don't have the exact numbers, but the Hustler is far heavier and "beefier" than the BobCats. I think that the Hustler sells for about $5000.00 brand new. I have a good relationship with my BobCat dealer which I feel is important as they usually have my machines fixed quickly when something happens. Where in Massachusetts are you located?
     
  4. bigtuna

    bigtuna LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the posts so far!!!! I'm in Marshfield & the local Bobcat dealer is ABC Equipment which i've heard great things about.
     
  5. ensor

    ensor LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 55

    Regarding the Gravely, you called it a 1548 G then said it has a 13 hp Kawi. Is it a 36"/13 hp Kawi or 48"/15 hp Kawi? I have the 1548 G Kawi pistol grip and love it. It is very well built and easy to use with a great cut. For home use the pistol grips are no problem. The Gravely's height adjustment is especially good with the spring loaded pins. If I remember right, the Bobcat Classic is not as heavy duty as their other model of belt drive.
     
  6. bigtuna

    bigtuna LawnSite Member
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    I Know, I realized I made a mistake but you beat me to it. I'm looking at the 36" version. That's good info. Thanks. The Bobcat Classic is a smaller less heavy duty version. For me it would be fine (resedential use). I think I'm leaning more toward the gravely.
     
  7. ensor

    ensor LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 55

    I think that you may be getting more value for your money with the Gravely than the Bobcat. Why not get all the quality/durability you can for your money? For a similar price, get the best machine you can. I like mine much more than the Exmark Metro that I had before from a quality of construction/engineering aspect etc.
     
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    They're all good machines. Why don't you check out the cut of each one, after all that's what you're getting it for.
     
  9. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    You are not gonna cut down on time that much chasing after gear-drive WB, it is basically a larger, much heavier more physical 21" mower to say, besides you must attach a sulky in order to make WB a true saver.
    Think more before spending over 2k on gear WB, been there done that, never again.
     
  10. ted5487

    ted5487 LawnSite Member
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    ABC is where I do business, I recommend them. I am in Scituate. Where is the Gravely dealer? You could also check out the equipment at Lesco in Pembroke. I think on the BobCat classic it comes with the Kohler single cylinder engine with 15?hp. I have had both Kohler and Kawasaki and have had good luck with both. On my two newer machines, a 2001 BobCat and 2004 Hustler, they both have the twin cylinder Kawasaki's which I think will outperform the single cylinder Kohler on the classic.
     

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