gravley walk behinds?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kountryscape, May 21, 2001.

  1. kountryscape

    kountryscape LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 133

    Hey i need a commercial walk behind, to add to the fleet. My brother lives in a small town with a guy who sells gravley mowers etc. he has two walk behinds that have been there for 5 years or so. He has to order a certain amount of machines to keep his dealership . So my ? is if the price is right do i go for it or what. Ive never seen one yet , and dont know the price ,but i bet the guy would give a good deal on them because he wants his money back. ? would they be out dated, hydro or not etc.

    jarrett morgan
    countryscape
    the outdoor contractor
     
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    You didn't specify the size but...

    I have a 50" belt drive that I bought last year. I'm not really happy with it. I like to cut pretty high and the highest setting is not high enough. Another thing is the main blade belt rubs against the deck causing it to wear out quickly. I looked at the hydros a couple of weeks ago and they are set up differently with bigger wheels and a higher cut. My Gravely gives a nice cut but only use it on the lawns I can cut at a shorter height.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    I have had a Gravely Pro 150 (Belt drive) since 1994. It has been a very solid machine. Belts have not been a problem. It seems a bit strange that TSG cannot get the deck high enough, cause mine can be adjusted like crazy. Newer models also have newer spindles, the old design was not very good. Quality of cut is great.
    If you can get a good price on the machines, I would go for it!

    Alan
     
  4. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    I have a 1996 gravely 36 walkbehind. this mower has yet to need a single repair and has a great cut. this machine can cut up to 4 inches... why would you cut any higher than that?
     
  5. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    If you can get a deal go for it.
     
  6. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    gravleys are very popular in my area. I suspect that the dealer is largely responsible as I hear that he is a long timer, has year round service and is good to deal with. service matters.

    GEO
     
  7. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    I have a 1997 Gravely pro 50 belt WB. The deck adjusts to 4" high, which I feel is plenty high. Its been a great mower, a little trouble cutting high grass. I have to slow down or even cut 2x.It was my primary mower all last year & now it is a back-up mower and I use it to cut lawns that need to be cut higher or lower, because it adjusts so quickly. I would recommend buying one.......for the right price.

    SJR
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    The Gravely is fine as long as you don't have any serious grass to cut. Last year when the grass/crabgrass was wet every morning my 36" Exmark got used twice as much as my Gravely simply because I only had to single cut with the Exmark and the Gravely needed to be double cut everytime. I haven't even put an hour on my Gravely yet this year.
     
  9. Chopper Lover

    Chopper Lover LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    I don't have a Gravely walkbehind but I do have a PM260Z (ZTR) and I am very satisfied with it. I bought a used SCAG form a fellow that was in the process of switching to all Gravely's. He told me they were dependable, cut well, and gave him the best value for his money.

    Just food for thought...
    Other mower companies have come and gone... Gravely has been here forever!

    Manufacturers that have been around that long stay in business for a reason. I would be willing to bet somewhere their is someone who is still running the very first Gravely ever built. They seem to be sturdy and dependable.

    Good Luck!
    Mark
     
  10. Chip

    Chip LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    I have a 1989 40" walkbehind that runs and cuts great never had a major repair still have original spindles. Had a 50" that I sold when I upgraded to the 60" three wheel rider. All have been very reliable and cut well. If I were offered a good deal on a new or slightly used gravely I would give it some serious thought.
     

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