is this a good trade

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hondarancher4435, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have a gravely pro 50 that i traded about 3 months ago for a dirtbike that was worth $500 so esentially i paid $500 for the pro 50. it had a brand new deck on it that cost the guy $1500 so basically i got a steal. now grass starts to grow and i try the mower it is very underpowered with only having a 12.5 hp motor. it can't cut any high grass bogs bad. also the safety switches aren't working. so i tried to sell it on craigslist for $750 and really got no interest. so a guy will trade me his toro proline 44 with t-bar controls and the same engine which runs good and he will throw in $75 or give me a sulky. so i realize the gravely is worth more but with getting no interest in it on craigslist and needing a decent mower soon do you think i should trade. and buying a more expensive mower is not an option maybe next year but don't suggest that now.

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  2. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ask him to let you try it out.
     
  3. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    yea i should get to test it out sometime in the next couple days. from what i have been reading the t-bar controls seem to be the best you can get on a belt drive machine.
     
  4. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    As you can see I have a Gravely w/b and find it to be the opposite of yours. I have no problem with bogging down for sure. I cut some grass once at 2.5 ft no prob. Gravely brand will definetely carry more value than the Toro, but if the Toro is newer and works better it will probably make up the difference in value.

    Also try listing it in different cities near you.
     
  5. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    yes but even your gravely 36in has a larger engine than mine. i no dought agree that gravely is a great brand but the kawi 12.5hp motor that is on mine ruins it. my main problem with selling it is that i am too honest i explain right in the ad that the mower is underpowered because it is not worth my time to lie to them and have people pist off and want their money back and even if i did sell if for $750 there are not many mowers in that price range that are in good shape.
     
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'd tell them that it doesn't work in very tall grass, but would be excellent on weekly cuts.
     
  7. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    just a question for anyone with a toro that has T-bar controls. are the two controls split or is it just one bar and if it is just one how could you zero turn?
     
  8. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    bump...no one has a toro with t-bar controls
     
  9. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good trade..by all means go for the 'sulky' rather than the $75. It can be re-sold for more if you choose to not use. Worth much more than that..unless it is totaly wore out. Geno
     
  10. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
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    he says it starts and runs smoothe but i have yet to go look at it.
     

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