GRAVELY PRO TURN 452 REVIEW!! With Pics!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by GMLC, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm going to side discharge at first to get a good feel for the deck before I start bagging. I was nervous about the hydro-gear transmissions as Ridin' Green said they are just so new. Gravely told me they have run the 5400's for 4 years now with almost no warranty claims so I'm comfortable with that. They do have cooling fans on each unit. Same with the lack of grease fittings, almost no warranty claims on spindles or other non-greasable parts so I'm ok with that as well.

    I hope to bring her home today! Then I'm going on a mission to find some grass to cut early!!!!
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    GMLC-
    I have a 1990 JD garden tractor that has been used regularly from the start, and it does not have greasable spindles on the mower deck on it. It is still solid and strong, and cuts awesome still (not to mention stripes great too:)). If made well, I would have no worries about that.

    I have to say, I hope that deck chute proves my fears unfounded, because a new Gravely may very well be the next machine I buy down the road if so.
     
  3. JABBERS

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well Ive tried gravely and I dont think they are for me. Gravely is a very solid machine built very well but its no exmark sorry guys just my personal opinion.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I like exmark as well, one of the best mowers in my opinion. They have a very nice cut in dry conditions but in wet northern grass they clump bad.
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  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Darn straight! If I was given an Exmark, I'd sell it and buy something else (probably a Garvely since I already have a new Deere). They are just not for me, and I think they ruined their looks with the next gen. Now they look cheap.
     
  6. JABBERS

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    The x-factor deck doesn't shoot grass out like my old exmark does, I just tried them out side by side. Maybe there is better blades not really sure.
     
  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    A lot of guys like their old exmark decks over the new ones. I will post an extensive review of the x-factor deck in wet grass once I start cutting.
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  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's my fear about the X factor deck, but the deck isn't baffled as heavily underneath as the Ultracut, so it should be at least a touch better. My biggest complaint about Exmark is their fine cut dry, but it goes out the window with any moisture heavier than light dew. Almost everyone here runs them, so I get to see lots of their cuts on a ton of different turf. They all clump when it's wet. I simply will not have that on my lawns. I need an even dispersal, and the 7 Irons do that extremely well, and their cut will match the UC in dry conditions. I cut right next to several of them and we get to compare all summer long.
     
  9. JABBERS

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    7-iron that john deer right? How do they compare price wised to exmark?
     
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    Here, you can get a JD for less money comparing an equal level of machine. Exmark is really going through the roof here this year. Even the salesmen I talk to at the local EM dealership where I buy a lot of stuff are saying so. They have a lot of nice features, but I just can't get on board with the UC in the wet, and the way the next gen looks.
     

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