Gravely 260Z deal?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 026TB4U, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. 026TB4U

    026TB4U LawnSite Member
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    I just saw a used 2002 260Z with a 25 Kawasaki. It has only 74 hours on it.

    The only damage was some paint scraped off the deck side.

    They're asking $6000.

    Is this a good deal? I'm a hesitant because it's out of warranty. I was also looking at a 2003 Ferris IS3000ZX that I posted in another thread that has a full warranty but $1000 more.

    Whatcha think?
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    I paid $8000 out the door for my 2004 PM 260. For just $2000 less I would get a new one.

    The 02 is a lot slower. Top speed is 9mph top cutting speed is 6.
    the 04 is a lot faster. Top speed 13 mph top cutting speed 8-9.

    Mine has 27 HP and the huge canister air cleaner, the hydro deck adjuster and the suspension seat. I can't remember but I don't think the 02 has any of that.

    The seat alone is worth $4-500 and boy does it make a difference.

    Lastly how do you know for sure it only has 74 hours. Buying and installing an new hour meter isn't exactly difficult.
  3. 026TB4U

    026TB4U LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    I hear you.

    It's at a dealer and they say they originally sold it to the owner in October '02. It was used as a rediential mower on a residence with some acreage. They got divorced and now it's for sale.

    Why is the '02 so much slower? It does have the suspension seat, hydro deck, and I believe the canister filter.

    I'm not a big fan of buying used and less a fan of buying out of warranty, but this seemed like a nice machine. It doesn't show a lot of wear like in a machine with high hours. It was dirty but showed no wear on the pedals, footwells, etc..
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    it is so much slower because of having smaller hydro pumps. Have a drag race contest with a 2004 or 2005 at the dealer. I did that to my dealer when he wanted to sell me a left over 2003 at $750 discount.

    He said, oh they are the same. We raced and he shut right up. "Oh, I didn't think it would make any real difference." In 200 feet I beat him by at least 30.

    My biggest concern would be the spindles. They are no greaseable and with the warranty dead, who know who long they will last. Not a huge deal to fix, but not so cheap. You should be able to get a great price on on this time of year if he has any left over 2004 models.

    Besides in 02 that sold for about $7200 MSRP. I would think $5000 would be top end on that. I have 120 hours on mine, and NO WAY I could get more than $6500 for it. I would negotiate more and / or check out some other dealers.
  5. 026TB4U

    026TB4U LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info. I'm glad I asked.
  6. 026TB4U

    026TB4U LawnSite Member
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    BTW, the model number is 992029 if that makes a difference.

    How can you tell what year a Gravely is? Is it in the model number or serial number?
  7. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Don't shed too many $ for a "like new" Gravely....get a good discount because you won't get a warranty.
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    $6000 for that machine is way to high. Its not worth more than $5000. Just spend the extra money for the Ferris and you will not be dissapointed.

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