Gravely 34z on a Florida swale?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Scapegoat, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
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    I hear nothing but good things about the Gravely 34z from Southern LCO's, except for it's slope slipping issues. Can it handle the typical residential Florida swale, like this? Or would a 44z be better?

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  2. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    I demoed a Wright Stander 36 and it would handle that swale so easily. Not sure if you are a fan of the Wrights or have dealer support in your area but if you do give em a demo.
     
  3. jtboney

    jtboney LawnSite Member
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    If the grass is dry it should handle this one ok, but that would be about the limit for the 34z in my experience. It is definitely not a steep slope machine.
     
  4. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
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    Remember the more money your willing to spend the better the product.
     
  5. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
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    Will a 36" Wright Stander take that slope ok?
     
  6. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes I know Standers hold slopes good, but I would feel safer on a 42" stander than a 36" stander. Wider wheel base means more stability. :)
     
  7. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    my experience was short but I felt the 36 was great on slopes

    it'sgottobegreen might want to offer an opinion as he is a Wright expert
     
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
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    unsafe at any speed [on anything more than an ant hill]....old thread Gravely 34z belly up and sunk!

    www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=101659&highlight=34z+sunk
    This dog don't hunt.
     
  9. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, I've ruled out the 34z. Think I'm going pick up a 36" Stander tomorrow.
     
  10. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let us know how it goes. Be very interested to hear your thoughts on the Stander. I personally loved the machine except for the height adjustment but I cut everything at 3 inches so it shouldn't be a big deal for me except special circumstances. As soon as I get business rolling again after having transplanted to the South I am going to put one of these in my arsenal I believe. Most of the lots her are 100x85 or so and to pull a 60 inch ZTR off the trailer means you end up mowing some stuff about 3 times. Stander is the way to go.
     

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