Great Dane Gateway

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnkid, Jan 12, 2002.

  1. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 935

    Does anybody have any experience with a Gateway?
    Just wondering because one of my good buddies wants to puchase one and he wants to hear what is your opinipons on it?
    What's good about it? Bad? Thanks
     
  2. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    I bought one last year. 305 hours on it this season.
    Cuts well. Excellent trimming because of 18" offset on the left side. Top speed 7mph and will cut at speed with a sulkie of course. Doubles work well on leaves. 17 Kawasaki is strong enough for the 52 " deck. Far more productive than a 36, and it fits everywhere a 36 will. Saves room on the trailer. Takes a few lawns to get used to offset. Striping is different, but have had no complants from customers. Make sure to let blades come to a complete stop before lifting deck wing up. If not it will throw the deck belt.
    The photos do not show, but there is a third caster on the deck.
    It does not scalp btw.
    Anything else?
     
  3. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    My dealer has one, and test drove one at the Expo in Kentucky. I have mixed feelings on it. It has Great Dane's new pistol grip hydro system on it, which can be confusing b/c if you pull on the handles too much, it goes into reverse. It's the greatest helper in productivity if you have tons of properties w/ fences and large areas to mow. It's strange mowing w/ it b/c you have like 16-18 inches hanging off the side of the mower. I wouldn't use it unless its sole purpose was for large fenced in areas, other wise it would stink. For as much as it cost, it would be hard to justify.
     
  4. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    Summit,
    Have you ever used a hydro WB?? They all go in reverse that way. I paid $5200 for my Gateway, which is inline with a standard 52 hydro WB.
     
  5. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    YES. I run Great Dane Scampers. They have a handle system like their Super Sufers. If your used to that type a system or a belt drive, it's wierd. And my w/b are priced at $4,200 w/ a velki bagger and other stuff. For another $1000 you can purchase a semi decent 36" if your fenced in areas aren't that large and have another usable mower.
     
  6. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    Your choice to operate two mowers. I think it is easier to service one each week. It also take ups alot less room on the trailer.
     
  7. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
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    We demoed one for a couple of days and found it difficult to get used to controls.
    It has it good points. Lots of power. Takes up little space on trailer. Great for lawns with fenced back yards.
    Dane makes some great machines but this one is only good if you need it. Way out the pro's and con's and see if it is right for you.
     
  8. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker Banned
    Posts: 61

    Where is the third caster located? I was considering this mower but the huge offset deck looks like a serious scalper. We cut alot of unneven terrain, slopes, ditches, at 2.5"-3" & even have occasional problems with a floating 36".

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  9. 32" or 36" Hydro Exmark with a Flex-Deck. About the same price range.

    Benafits over the gateway:

    The Flex-Deck is completely removable from the mower in 30 seconds, which will let you take the mower in even tighter areas you wouldn't even imagine.

    Also With the gateway you can not mow with the wing in the up position, and it's not removable.

    Also the gateway is 37.5" wide not 36", which may cause you not to fit in a few gates.
     
  10. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker Banned
    Posts: 61

    One more benefit. The flex-deck floats with the terrain.

    Cons- The flex-deck is offset to the front of the deck, which could take getting used to.

    The flex deck is not yet avail on an Exmark 32 Viking or 36TTHP.
     

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