GRAVELY'S NEW X-FACTOR II DECK REVIEW!!! With Pics!!!

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  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    mag360-


    A couple things to comment on-

    1- it looks like the blades ars medium lift blades. Any thoughts one way or the other, or plans to try a high lift to see what it does with discharge pressure/dispersion?

    2- definitely a 400 frame, so maybe my thought about them using it for the bigger 72" deck is correct? Can you comment on this for us Gravely?

    3- it sounds as if the "little" FX850 is plenty of engine for the 72" deck(which I have said I thought it would be to others here several times in the past).

    4- this may not be important to everyone, but I would really want to have rear deck gauge wheels on that wide a deck, especially with that much trim side overhang

    I must say again, that is one nice looking machine!
     
  2. puppypaws

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    I like the looks of this mower, and I'm really partial to the 72" deck. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the new 472 week after next.

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    Can someone please explain the differences between this 272 and the 472; other than the air ride seat?

    I was running my 72" Super Z HD late yesterday and I had about 2 acres of wide open mowing left, it was 8:45 and beginning to get dark. I thought to myself, I'm going at this full speed and if it gets to dark to follow myself I will finish what is left tomorrow.

    I cut the entire 2 acres (only 3 trees to trim around) and was finished at 9:03. I thought to myself, had I not been on this large fast mower there is no way I would have come close to finishing. Had a person with no knowledge of how fast a Super Z can cut grass been watching, they would have said to themselves, "there is no way possible a mower can move that fast and not leave uncut grass."

    If you've never owned a 72" deck you are about to be blown away by the amount of grass you can cut in a 1 hr time frame.

    I was somewhat aware of the fact I could cut a great deal of grass per hr due to running a 66" Super Z for the last 7 yrs, but when you add more speed and the extra 1/2' of deck my mind is blown even moreso; when looking back at the amount of grass I've covered in the past 15 minutes, much less an hour.
     
  3. TLS

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    I thought they had the air ride seats on them?
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  4. puppypaws

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    The 272 in the photo has the Michigan (Milsco) suspension seat. I'm guessing you must get into the 400 series to get the air ride seat, but can probably special order on the others, does anyone know for a fact how this works?
     
  5. Ridin' Green

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    Yep puppy, you have to buy the 400 to get the air ride seat as std equipment. Maybe GMLC or PSC knows if you can special order the air seat for the 200 series, but my catalog doesn't show it as an option on the 200 in the specs anywhere that I can find.
     
  6. cinco1

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    From comparing my 252 to the above photo and what I found during research:

    400 series - dial adjustable height
    200 series - pin adjustable height

    400 series - machined foot peg for height
    200 series - plate steel foot pedal for height

    400 series - vibration dampened operator deck
    200 series - vibration rubbers for foot deck

    400 series - emergency brake handle on left side
    200 series - on right side

    400 series - deck suspended by metal bracket hangers
    200 series - deck suspened by chain (was told by Gravely that they will be going to the same metal bracket hangers on 200 series in future)

    I believe the seat is the same on the 272 above that is on my 252. Hydros are both ZT-5400s.

    EDIT - Looks like the frame tubes are 3" tall vs. 2" tall; 400 series comes with semi-pnuematic tires vs. standard air.

    400 Series Reference Stuff:
    - Specifications http://www.gravely.com/en-us/SeriesDownloads/SellSheet_ProTurn400.pdf
    - Brochure http://www.gravely.com/en-us/SeriesDownloads/Gravely Pro-Turn 400 Brochure.pdf

    200 Series:
    - Specifications http://www.gravely.com/en-us/SeriesDownloads/SellSheet_ProTurn200.pdf
    - Brochure http://www.gravely.com/en-us/SeriesDownloads/Gravely Pro-Turn 200 Brochure.pdf
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013
  7. Ridin' Green

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    The 200 series is the michigan seat, the 400 has the air ride suspension seat.
     
  8. cinco1

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    Doh - correct. You caught me before I edited my post. :dizzy:
     
  9. Ridin' Green

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    Just savin' you the hassle of doing it.:laugh:
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013
  10. cinco1

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    I was wrong on 200 series frame tubes as I just measured. They 2.5" tall - sorry for the misinformation.
     

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