Help Me Pick! - Gravely 252 vs. Scag TigerCat 52 (with $$ Quotes)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by cinco1, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. cinco1

    cinco1 LawnSite Member
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    10-4, I got ya on the motor and I also hate moles but my dogs love to dig 'em up - ha.
     
  2. gravelyman50

    gravelyman50 LawnSite Member
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    What on earth are you doing to your equipment and who is operating it. Im not so sure I could go through 3 x factor decks and 12 spindles on my gravely if I turned the blades on and took it rock climbing in the rocky mountains 5 days a week.:dizzy:
     
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Lmfao good way to put it. I have never had a gravely spindle go bad.
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  4. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Interesting thread guys.
     
  5. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    To the deck guys defence, i have 3 gravelys in my shop right now, and i noticed all 3 have had the decks welded. They are all 2011 or older, but two of them one spindle was completly broke out and welded back in. I have an exmark we are rebuilding a motor on and the deck is the same way. I got a gravely 2148 on trade last week and advertised it as needing a new deck as it was shot but a homeowner model with 10 guage deck at 600 hours... i can take pictures monday at the trouble spots if you need.... decks are normal issue unless you baby them, i remember first time i mowed a cemetary i bent the front of my 7 guage deck on my $13000 mower by hitting a tree root too low.
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  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What year did the X-Factor come out? I have never worn out a 7 gauge deck of any brand. But I suspect things are much more sandy where you are.
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  7. cinco1

    cinco1 LawnSite Member
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    The Winner is Gravely Pro Turn XDZ 252!

    Many thanks to all with your assistance with my first ZTR purchase.

    After MUCH research, comparisions and number crunching I made my decision and brought home my new mower...

    The Gravely Pro Turn XDZ 252 with Kawasaki 23.5 hp engine. This thing is a BEAST! The construction, detail and finish are excellent. The controls on the ZT5400 hydros was nice and smooth - not at all "jerky". Suspension seat is oh so nice. One thing that impressed me were stories of how Gravely quality checks each machine prior to delivery with little white grease pen "X"s on inspection points. It was neat to look the machine over and see these inspection marks on all vital check points.

    What was a MAJOR reason for selecting Gravely?

    Top notch customer service! Namely Mary Lyn Wininger who is Gravely/Ariens Social Media Specialist. After my first posts inquiring about Gravely, Scags, Grasshoppers, Toros, etc - Mary Lyn reached out and offered any assistance I might need in obtaining further information about Gravely's. No other manufacturer apparantly noticed or cared. Not only was Mary Lyn on the ball with Personal Messages via Lawnsite but she corresponded via email and phone calls.

    After I made my decision to purchase the 252 Mary Lyn immediately coordinated the discussions between my dealer and Tom Allen, the regional Gravely representative. Both Mary Lyn and Tom worked to ensure I would receive a model with the new XFactor II Deck and new Red Commercial Spindles. This correspondence, inventory confirmation and ordering occured within 1 business day. Mary Lyn kept me informed via phone calls and emails.

    What a GREAT experience dealing directly with a manufacturer. Every story I heard of outstanding and industry leading customer service is absolutely true.

    Likewise I had a great experience with the Gravely dealer - just great.

    Now if it would stop raining and my pasture will dry out. I'm chomping at the bit to MOW but am afraid of soft soil.

    Thanks again to all who offered advice, insight and opinions of various models. I am much appreciative for the personal time you took to assist me. :drinkup:
     
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    Congrats bro, Gravley is an outstanding company these days that tries very hard to keep their customers and potential customers happy and up and running.

    You can get a bad machine or three from any brand. Look at all the troubles many are having with the Hustler VX4 decks. Look at the Bad Boy horror stories posted on LS alone. No one manu makes every single machine perfect, and in a country with 320+ milllion people, there's bound to be a few bad experiences with each and every brand.


    I believe you made the right choice even though I really like Scag very much.
     
  9. cinco1

    cinco1 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks man! You guys are cool here and been really helpful. I agree with your insight on quality and issues here and there. That was a big reason I was impressed with the various mowers I researched. I guess it came down to trying to get the best quality machine to lower my chances of having an issue. Man I really waivered between the Scag and Gravely - I'd buy a Scag in a second also! Then with the level of effort Gravely had in reaching out - it made it easier to lean towards the Gravely. It definitely gave me confidence if I ever needed to deal with an issue Gravely would jump all over it.
     
  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Congrats and enjoy!! Gravely sure is a pleasure to work with. Be sure to post a review with pics!!
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