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Just Purchased Gravely Compact Pro 34

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by lukespapa, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. cvcook

    cvcook LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    Looks good, I will decide if I'm gonna make that purchase tomorrow when I check one out
  2. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    Good looking machine you got there. Something like that would be ideal where I live, as the gates are about 36" wide at almost all my accounts. Post some pics after the season starts, if you don't mind. I'd love to see the cut it leaves, and hear a review after a couple months of use.
  3. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    OK...need some advice. So I tested out my new mower when I got it home by cutting the empty lot that is across the street from my home. It was very wet, and of course I have the mulch kit. So I looked under the deck yesterday, and it is caked with grass. Need some advice of how to get this off without standing on my head with my hose. Can you guys share any tricks to make this a bit easier?

    Also, I cut a yard yesterday that had just a lot of weeds growing, and I noticed that the back wheels left an impression. Of course it was beautiful sunny weather here yesterday, but the ground is still very mushy. I am hoping this will not happen once we get to spring? Any comments?

    Man, this thing is built like a tank. When I look at the homeowner types they sell at Home Depot, I just chuckle :)

    A couple more pictures:


  4. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 728

    anytime you mow St. Aug in the winter when its dormant or any type of grass, its dead do when you run it over its not going to pop back up, as far as buildup when mulching, its just part of it ,try waiting til the grass is less damp, nice purchase by the way
  5. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    Thanks for the reply. This is my first rider/ZTR, so I was a bit worried.

    As far as waiting to be "less damp", you know what they say about a grown man and his new toys :laugh:
  6. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 728

    Sometimes if i know there is alot of buildup, ill raise and lower the deck really hard and alot of buildup will fall out and also if you pop a few small wheelies it will clean it out good enough finish the day without having to clean deck by hand,I know this is not the proper way to do this but it works for me.
  7. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    Quick tip on how to clean out a grass packed deck. lower the ramp on your trailer and drive only one wheel of the fount on the ramp. Center the mower over the far right end of the ram, pull onto the ramp till the back wheel is about a foot from the ramp. Raise deck all the way up. Stop shut off the mower and set breaks. Exit mower to the left.

    Now with a good long handled scraper you can lay on the ground and reach under the mower deck. Also to be safe I put a block of wood behind the back tire just in case the brake gives way. I found a stainless steel barbecue spatula works great. (find them on clearance racks all the time) Its not a good idea to clean the deck in the street in front of your customers house unless you pick up the clumps of grass.

    I can usually reach most the way across my 60" deck this way, but your little deck should be a snap. Good luck have fun the your new mower.
  8. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    Thanks groundskeeperllc & dhardin53 for both tips. I will try them both later today. I knew there had to be an easier way.

    From now on, I will not be so tempted to go and try out my new toy when the grass is so wet [ well actually it was raining :) ]
  10. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    I don't blame you for wanting to go for a spin, I would ....

    Plugged decks are a way of life some times. You will fine out how damp of grass you can mow without plugging. It all takes experience. Some mowers are better than others.

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