Gravely X-Factor I vs. X-Factor II Decks

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  1. Gravely Commercial

    Gravely Commercial Inactive
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    Here is information from our Technical Group on the deck changes from X-Factor I to X-Factor II. Since some of the changes were running changes, I thought it would be good to clarify so you can better understand what deck is on the mowers you have, plan to purchase, etc.

    Spindle Design

    There has been a rolling change in the design of the spindles in the X-Factor I mower deck. The spindles have had numerous interior changes to improve reliability and longevity. The new spindles are the same shape and profile as previous black commercial spindles and can be identified by their red exterior paint.

    Being that the change was ongoing during production, the best way to identify the design of the spindle is by inspecting the color of the exterior spindle housing. The X-Factor I mower deck may have either design, but the X-Factor II mower deck will all have the newly designed spindle assembly.

    The new spindle design does fit in place of the old design, and both spindle designs are covered by a 3-year commercial warranty.

    Discharge Opening

    The discharge opening on the X-Factor II mower deck has been increased by 1.5 inches from the previous X-Factor I mower deck. This change will improve clipping dispersal, especially in demanding cutting situations. The chute profile has also been optimized for even clipping dispersal and reduced windrowing.

    The change in the discharge opening can be identified by a serial number break on the unit. Any model built before serial number 20,000 will have the X-Factor I mower deck design and any model built after serial number 20,000 will have the new X-Factor II mower deck design.

    Standard Adjustable Vacuum Baffles

    Starting production in 2013, vacuum baffles were standard on Pro-Turn™ 400, Pro-Turn™ 200 and Pro-Turn™ 100 models. This allows the air flow underneath the mower deck to be adjusted depending on the conditions for maximum performance.

    Let me know if you have questions.

    Thanks.

    Mary Lyn
     
  2. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is there any chance of putting an XF2 deck under the prostance? My PS61 has some major QOC issues. It pukes massive clumps at less than walking speed when cutting 1.5" of thick Tall Fescue. Not to mention that my deck eats belts like they are girl scout cookies. Has been back to the dealer multiple times, but still not much of a change. At least it hasnt tossed a belt yet this year...
     
  3. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nevermind... tossed the belt again today. Contacted my Gravely rep, and he says it needs to go back to the shop, which I agree, obviously. However there are no demos available for a loaner and it's my only mower. I'm not going to denounce Gravely nor promote them until this is fixed. I am going to try to work something out with another dealer that's 2 hours away and see if they have any ideas. Sadly, unless I can get a demo mower, I'm going to be stuck with this for the rest of the season.

    I'm really starting to regret my purchase of this machine... does anyone still monitor this forum that would be able to help?
     
  4. 1striper1

    1striper1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Will the XFactor II deck say "XFactor II" on it?

    I demo'd a 2014 460 last week and it just said "XFactor" on it. I didn't note the serial number as I didn't know about the serial number thing until reading this.

    Thanks!
     
  5. AMC32

    AMC32 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Lincolnton, NC
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    No they are all branded as XFACTOR DECK. Any easy way to make sure it is the XF2 is to see if it has adjustable baffles which are only on the XF2. And FYI you will receive the best cut and clipping dispersal with them completely removed! Most of the people on here including myself who run XF2 decks take the baffles off and never see them again
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  6. 1striper1

    1striper1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm going to be mulching. Will this make a difference?
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  7. AMC32

    AMC32 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Lincolnton, NC
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    It would definitely help reduce front blow out to leave them on but other than that i don't know how it would do. Best thing to do would just experiment with them
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  8. Gravely Commercial

    Gravely Commercial Inactive
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    AMC32 you are correct that they will say X-Factor on both decks.

    The adjustable vacuum baffles were added as standard in 2013 to allow the air flow underneath the mower deck to be adjusted depending on the conditions for maximum performance. You will have to see what works best for your type of grass.

    In addition to the adjustable vacuum baffles on the X-Factor II deck, there was a spindle design change, and you can tell the difference as the new spindles are red. They also increased the discharge opening by 1.5 inches on the X-Factor II deck.

    Here is a link from our website explaining the changes in more detail - Differences Between X-Factor I and X-Factor II Mower Decks

    Thanks,

    Mary Lyn
     
  9. 1striper1

    1striper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 556

    Thanks Mary Lyn! The dealer is checking to see which deck his 2014 demo's have.
     
  10. Gravely Commercial

    Gravely Commercial Inactive
    Posts: 346

    1striper1 -

    Great - Send me a private message or give me a call if I can help in any way!

    Thanks.

    Mary Lyn
    (402) 274-8926
     

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