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Gravely Weld Crack

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bigred2, Oct 23, 2012.

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  1. Brules

    Brules LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma
    Posts: 493

    I tend to agree, but, being it is not a major structural weld, you are talking a tremendous cost to re PDC it.....so hopefully they have some kind of rustoleum like paint that matches and will be pretty resiliant.
  2. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,089

    With so few hours on the machine, I would try to work out a deal to swap for a new mower and pay some (reasonable) boot (for the time he's used the mower). The repaired mower could then be sold at a reduced price (maybe for what Gravely actually had in it). This way no one is really hurt and the customer is happy, and hopefully will buy more Gravely products in the future. I would at least try this first, he can always fall back and accept what I would call an "inferior repair".

    We all know that things like this are going to happen, but the customer shouldn't have to suffer for the manufacturer's faulty workmanship....that's just not right....after all, these are not 2 or 300.00 machines we're talking about. Personally, if I couldn't get anything more than a "botched repair" I'd never buy from Gravely again....but that's just me.
  3. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 708

    If it was mine I would be fine with the repair. I know it's nice to have a new looking mower forever, but the fact is after a while the mower is going to show signs of wear. The repair area is going to be small, just make sure that they match up the paint. If they use a spray can tell them to give you one to keep in case you ever need to touch it up.
  4. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    I would have welded that up and been done with it.
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,144

    By the time we're through talking about it here and with the manufacturer and the dealers I would have already had the guys at the trailer place grind those spots down, weld it back up and spray painted it myself all for $30, life is too short, things to do.

    That's what I'm talking about.
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,114


    On a used machine that is out of warranty, I'd do the same thing, but this one is too new to cobble it up further. A 10k machine should be repaired correctly under the waranty. That's what it's for, and yea, we all pay for our warranty when we buy a new machine. It's figured into the overall cost of them by the manu's.
  7. Brules

    Brules LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma
    Posts: 493

    ^ Amen. If they have a kit out for it - it is a known issue.....to make a kit, there must have been a lot of these happening.

    Another issue I would have is having the dealer fix it/weld the kit on......you are telling me a local dealer can weld better than they did at the factory in the first place lol? Really?

    Worst case scenario - I would take it to a real welder and let them do the welding.

    But regardless, they are going to have to grind the PDC off in a 4" radius around where they will weld (otherwise the heat from the welding melts it and it is a toxic fume), thats a lot of real estate that will be rusted up in a few months after it gets spray painted.....
  8. bigred2

    bigred2 LawnSite Member
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    Thank you for your responses..After reading them, I feel the kit is not the answer. I paid a lot of money for this product and for something like this to happen not exceptable. Some of you have said reweld it. I am all for that if it could be PDC again but spray paint will not hold up to 2500 hours worth of use. Is it better not to get it fixed? I go to the dealer tomorrow. I will let you know what they say.
  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    So you lack confidence in your welding ability? Or don't you know how to weld?

    BS right there. I ground the paint off my Scag V+ deck and put "rear" outside anti-scalp brackets and wheels on it. I welded the brackets in place and painted them. They STILL have yet to start to rust after countless times in the rain over the last 5 years.
  10. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,089

    Very good point Brules.

    So, in the midst of all of the praises that have been sung lately regarding Gravely, a fairly serious lack of quality control rears it's ugly head. And as Brules points out, since repair kits have been developed, it appears to not be an isolated case.

    I can't help but imagine what the posts would be if this happened to another, younger and less established brand machine. A machine like....oh, I don't know....maybe "Bad Boy"? :rolleyes:

    The posts would be something like:
    1. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm.......
    2. That's why they can sell them cheaper.
    3. This is the difference in USA steel and cheap foreign steel.
    4. This is why I don't like (hand / robotic) welders
    5.That's why I pay more to own a (Brand X) mower.
    6. You now see the lack of quality quality control in (Brand X).
    7. Now how important is that money you saved by buying (brand X)?
    8.The list goes on and on.

    So, in all fairness, I think we should all keep this in mind when a post concerning a problem with a newer, less popular brand appears. It's a fact that it happens to ALL brands! It's how the problem is handled that's important.

    OK....I feel better. :laugh:
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