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

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by GMLC, May 4, 2013.

  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Having a wider chute opening should decrease the use of fuel, so I'm wondering if the decrease you believe you are experiencing is due to the added vacume affect from having the front skirt down farther than on your other deck? The tall, thick grass being sorta like holding the palm of you hand over a shop vac hose makes the motor work harder.
     
  2. GMLC

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    I agree totally. Didnt expect it to use more power(maybe im crazy). I will have to try it again with the baffels up. My GPH will really tell me if Im right. Also havent compared blades yet. They may be the same or may have more lift?
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  3. Ridin' Green

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    I'm curious, and I'm sure others will be, what you find out about this.
     
  4. gravelyman50

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    hey GMLC,

    Have u heard or done any testing on the new gravely x factor 2 deck in 60" width? Im curious to see how the 60" performs.

    I currently am running a 2010 model pro turn with the x factor 1 60". It cuts very well but sometimes struggles with dandelions and in very wet grass it does seem to load the grass up under the deck and puke it out the discharge in big clumps. this is only in very wet grass though. I am using the factory oem gravely high lift blades.

    And also, I was wondering how many you guys mow. the reason I ask is because I have noticed a huge huge difference if I slow down a fuzz. I mow approx. 4-5 mph. (very fast walking speed) Whenever I mow like this is get a amazing cut.
     
  5. GMLC

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    Not yet but ProStreetCamaro should have his new 460 next week sometime.

    What kind of grass are you cutting? My 52" XF1 didnt have wet grass problems and self cleaned very well.

    I mow fast but yes any mower cuts better at slow speeds. Especially this time of year when the grass is stemy and going to seed. In a few weeks it will be over and the grass will thicken and you should be able to speed up. I also find my XF LOVES freshly shapened blades.
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  6. gravelyman50

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    yeah I agree that stemmy grass is hard to cut. heck you can feel the stems when you walk over them they are so stiff. We cut a lot of fescue and bluegrass around here. some of the grass likes to lay over and is very thin. I don't know about you but when the grass is long but becoming stressed out, (dry) I struggle to get a good cut. but when the grass is nice and tender like after a rain, or even a light dew. the cut is awesome!
     
  7. GMLC

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    We cut the same exact grasses. And yes the XF1 struggles on dry fine fescue. My velocity does too, infact last season most here on LS were having the same issues with most decks. The grass was so dry and limp it was hard to get a clean cut. We will see with the XF2. Things are really wet here now.
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  8. Ridin' Green

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    GMLC is spot on with this. We were all having a bad time with the cutting last year due to the drought. Here in MI we are smack in the middle of the grass seeding out and being stiff as wire to cut. Give it a couple weeks and we'll be in prime cutting (as long as we get some rain, which we desperately need). Yesterday wasn't even close to enough.
     
  9. ProStreetCamaro

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    I will let you guys know next week when I get my new machine. I have high hopes for it because the original deck already cuts very good but you are right in soaking wet conditions the 60" will start to hum then puke a clump out. Never requires physical cleaning but it does puke clumps and my hopes are that the wider discharge will help with that along with better dispersal.
     
  10. GMLC

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    Been raining hard here most of the week. Its getting old mowing in the rain. Had to stop early today because the ground is just getting to soft. But I did try something different. I took off the baffles completely creating essentially a XF1 with a larger discharge. Great soaking wet configuration that totally self cleans! Almost no deck build up.
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