Bad Boy Mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by groundcontrol_71646, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have no problem using whatever but BB look generac!
     
  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I remember the early Exmarks had problems with cracking welds with this design.

    This is my personal opinion only. Honestly I don't know if Gravely should keep the 200 series. I think it makes more sense to make the 100 series(small frame ZTR) with the 400 series features like air seat and isolated platforms etc. Drop the 200 series(large frame ZTR) and only offer the 400 series(also a large frame ZTR) and 100 series. It makes no sense to buy a 200 series when you can get the 400 series for a little bit more and its twice the machine. The 200 series is entry level compared to the 400 series!!!
     
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  3. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    I drove a 460 around and the only thing I didn't like about it was the solid front tires, but I know that's subjective. My son bought the 252 back in '08 (before the 400 series was being made).
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Its strange because the front tires should have felt like 8 psi. They are hybrid run flats and are not solid rubber.
     
  5. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    If this is the case he has something wrong with the 72, and yes that can happen. They brought me a brand spanking new 35/72 Super Z with .6 hrs. on the meter to try. I immediately saw there was a strip of uncut grass left between the center and outside blades on both sides. I talked with the area rep about what I saw, and it was like this has never been seen by anyone but me, and well, my dealer also, because I had him take the mower and run it, and he saw the same thing.

    I've owned and operated 60", 66", and 72" Hustler Super Z mowers, and they have all given a very good cut on the grasses and weeds in my area. The new 72 gives a very smooth cut, to the point one could not tell what size deck was used when looking at the mowed area. I can also maneuver the 72 in the same areas as the 60 and 66 with no problem whatsoever. Honestly the only difference I can tell in the machines is I can mow more grass with each increase in deck size.

    Below is a picture of the new 72" deck cutting crab grass at full speed, and this is a good close shot so a person could easily tell if any grass was left uncut, or uneven. I cannot believe the person you know says the 66" cuts better than the 72", look at these pictures and see if this would not be considered a very good cut.

    I can say without doubt, if he sees a difference in cut between his 66 and 72, with the 66 being better, there is a problem with his 72, because every Super Z deck I've owned gives a very acceptable cut, but I did see a problem with the cut from the new demo they brought me to try.

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  6. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 460 has a real short wheelbase,I can hardly fit on one.
     
  7. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    The tires on the 460 I drove around were definitely solid, they rode like a log wagon. I have the hybrid run flats on my Lightning....the difference is daylight and dark. I weigh 250 and there was zero give when I stood directly on the front tire of the 460.

    When I asked about why they used the solid tires they said that a lot of people gave up comfort for no chance of a flat occurring.
     
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The dealer must have put those on because solid tires are not even a factory option on the 400 series. It also makes no sense because the hybrid run flats that come on the 400 series hold no air thus can not go flat...
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  9. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    Had a couple of afterthoughts after leaving the computer from my last post.

    In all fairness to Gravely the 460 I rode around on (they wouldn't let me turn the deck on so I certainly can't use the word demo):
    The area I rode it on had gravel/ rocks that were from very small to about 1" in dia. This, coupled with the solid front tires, made the ride much rougher than a grassy surface would.

    I never have been able to discern what the specific terms are for the several different types of castor tires that are used on the ZTR's. I've heard some call a certain type one thing while someone else called it something different. There was a thread that covered this but I think there was still a lack of agreement then.

    The type tire that is on the front of my Lightning holds air but can be run even without air pressure so you can use the mower until you can fix the puncture. Some called them "run flats" and I've heard some refer to them as "hybrid", so I'm not sure what the correct term is.

    But, seems to me, since you can still run them "flat" the term "run flats" would be correct. If the tires on your Gravely don't hold air, you can't have a "flat", so it seems odd that anyone would call them "run flats".

    But, the tires on the front of the 460 I rode around on were solid, special deal or not, I don't know, I didn't ask.
     
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  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have to agree with you here. All the names are confusing! I just wish that dealer didnt put solid tires on the 460 as the hybrid tires are one of the key features that contribute to the amazing ride and works in conjuntion with the air seat and isolated platforms...
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