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

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

  1. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I agree! I just showed up to my first large group of lawns. S you guys on the flip side.
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  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We just had the first 4 day stretch of no or very little rain in over a month! Got my baffles back in the 1" down position and hope to cut some DRY grass this week. I feel Im very lucky to have a deck the cuts great in the rain(baffles off). So many LCO's here are way behind or cleaning up the mess their mowers leave behind. I was at my dealer last week and another LCO saw my machine and asked why I mow in the rain. I said "because I can"!!!
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  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like that answer...I talked with my friend at church this morning, the one that bought a new 260 Pro-Turn last year and had our church buy a new 260 Pro-Turn this spring. I asked him about the cut, and he said as far as he was concerned his 12 yr old 260, and the new 260's gave equally as good a cut.

    He has a 27 hp Kohler on the 12 yr old mower, and the Kawasaki FX751V (24.5 hp) engine on the new 260's. I asked him to think real hard and tell me if he noticed any difference in power, and he immediately said he could tell no difference at all.

    He made the statement, "I will say one thing, the new mowers did an excellent job on the wet grass I cut this week, and they held those steep road banks on the church property better than I could ever believe" The banks he is talking about are really steep, not that tall, but steep, and even with it being unbelievably wet, he said the mower held on the banks allowing him to cut horizontally back and forth parallel with the slope, which he would have never believed possible.

    I told him they were bringing me a new 472 and when it arrived I would call him so he could run it and tell me the differences in his and the new one. He immediately said, I could cut the church property much faster with the 472, not just for the fact of the wider deck, but because I could run faster, whereas the 260 will not allow the available speed, due to the property being so rough.

    We've had rain everyday for so long, I can't remember honestly how long it has been. We did not have rain today and I thought maybe we would get through one day without any, but when I left to come home from church a little after 7:00 pm, it rained again for about 20 minutes. I've been farming over 40 yrs and can honestly say I've never seen this much rain for such an extended period of time.
     
  4. LifeBack Lawns

    LifeBack Lawns LawnSite Member
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    That is such a funny question. Why wouldn't you mow in the rain or drizzle? This was a rhetorical question and the way I see it is if you can mow and not get backed up, then you can be more productive and happier. I don't mind at all in the rain. I used my in laws toro one day in wet conditions and the a drizzle since I left my equipment at home and all I could do was shake my head. Everywhere from feeling the deck flex, the thickness of handles, ride comfort, to discharge etc. it clumped like crazy and left too many scragglers for me. I was very disgusted and glad I have a quality mower or one that doesn't slow me down when it is a bit wet. I could ask for a bit faster ground speed and better traction on steeper hills though ;). Oh, I hate crabgrass and clover filled yards!
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  5. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
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    I dont like that baffle by the discharge shoot, it looks like its blocking the grass from being lifted up to be cut off. Shades of xr7 baffles. I was under the impression the X Factor deck was perfect yet they changed it and everyone is wanting the new deck. Something does not add up. In 2008 the new XF deck I got was not set properly either, and I returned it.
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No deck is perfect. I never had any problems with the turbo baffle at the discharge or lifting grass. The new deck is just more tunable giving it a wider range. The XF1 is an amazing deck the XF2 just improved the foundation. Everyone wants the newest thing....
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  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    An example of the range of the XF2. With baffles all the way down there is so much lift Im pulling thatch out of the lawn. With the baffles off I have a wide open deck for wet or tall grass. Anywhere inbetween can be achieved by moving the baffles in that range. I think there was no real reason for the new deck accept continuous improvement. My personal complaints on the XF1 were the discharge was a bit concentrated and in dry fine fesscue I would get a few straglers. The new bigger discharge and adjustable baffles have taken care of those. Not many companies actually listen to there customers...
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  8. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do you think this deck would mulch better than the xf1? Also how hard is it to move baffles?
     
  9. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Baffles move easily. Just loosen the nuts(52" has 5) and move baffles up or down or remove nuts and bolts and take them off(2 min. job). I honestly don't know how it would mulch as no one mulches up here. Its still an open style deck so my gut tells me not as good as a tightly baffled deck. But I cant be sure...sorry.
     
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
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    Are there any pics of thier mulch kit , I thought the kit was fine on the 1 i had?
    The baffles create suction and lift this helps mulching, the cc tank had a front baffle that created a ton of lift on the select cut deck, ill have to research it.
     

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