Just Purchased Gravely Compact Pro 34

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

  1. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    The weight will always be a issue with the sub compact z's and standers. That's one of the main reasons I sold my 32" stander. I would try the wide tires and see if that helps. Also take the mulch kit off and just put on the blocker plate. With the blocker plate just mow in a circle and you will have no problems.
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  2. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The stock rear tires are to narrow IMO.They rut really bad in wet conditions.I followed (a clear difference lawns )suggestions on switching to the 20x10x10 tires and it made a huge difference in rutting and also made the unit more comfortable to ride (softened the ride).I believe the width between larger wheels is now 35" so fitting through 36" gates is still no problem for me . Plus if its a tight fit the tires have room deflect some.Loosing trim edge with larger tires is not a factor to me as I found no real loss.

    Always liked the idea of mulching but found it didn't work out for me in my region.I too found it clumped badly under the deck with the mulching kit.That's why I took it right back off.I made my own shoot blocker and mulch when conditions are ideal but side discharge most of the time.As far as lifting mower to scrape I bought an (Ohio Steel ztr lift)$160.00 from TSC .Also I definitely recommend Fluid Film for all your mower decks.
     
  3. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey lukespapa just fyi in the photo's I see they have the stop bolts for the handles are adjusted way in, limiting your forward speed.These 34z's really fly for there size.As you get better at driving it you may find you want more speed and its there for you.ALSO those stops are also used to adjust the machines tracking for straight travel so if it off alittle you can adjust each side easily . Before adjusting tracking always check tire air pressure first as this can cause tracking issues as well.
     
  4. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
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    Not to sound too dumb, but what is 'Fluid Film'?

    Also, I notice in another post, you mentioned the arm stops for the forward speed. I can tell you I have run it at full speed with present adjustments, and it is scary fast for me. I cannot imagine going any faster, but I may try your suggestion with more experience.

    And the issue about the tire impression I posted about earlier, I think another poster this morning about the dormant grass not bouncing back up is correct. I looked at the lawn today and the impressions are no longer visible. I will see what happens this spring. If the problem persists, I will try the wider tires.
     
  5. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    http://www.kellsportproducts.com/ You can read all about fluid film at this site. Also, be very careful on slopes if you use the stock tires. Good luck and enjoy your new mower!
     
  6. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
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    So clear difference, did you spray this 'fluid film' on your decks? Underside only? or both sides? Also, did you put the wider tires on your Gravely's? Do you need to go to a tire dealer to change the tires?
     
  7. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And the issue about the tire impression I posted about earlier, I think another poster this morning about the dormant grass not bouncing back up is correct. I looked at the lawn today and the impressions are no longer visible. I will see what happens this spring. If the problem persists, I will try the wider tires


    You start cutting the same yards every week and you will start to see ruts trust me.Sometimes due to obstacles in the yard as well as yard layout you really can't change your cutting patterns.The larger tires really help out with rutting. I can change my own tires but I'm very mechanically inclined .If your not, take them to a local tire shop they usually only charge you a few bucks.

    Fluid film is a great product.I use it for under the deck as well as on top of the deck.I wipe my mower down with and it kinda wax's the paint.It's also great for making plastic's and tanks look new.
     
  8. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A clear difference lawn was the pioneer in the larger tire change. He documented it in a thread and gave great pics and directions.You might want to do a search.The tire change made a big difference to me.Due to rutting, I wasn't using the mower all spring but with the tire change I now can use the 34z way more.I think it was the single best upgrade to the mower so far.Thanks a clear difference lawn
     
  9. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
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    Normmie & clear difference, thanks for all of the good info. As far as changing the tires, are they easy enough to get off and on to the rims? What tools are required? I know on car tires, they use this machine to stretch the tire around. What do you use for these?

    As far as the fluid film, I assume I can get a spray can for under the deck?

    Thanks again.
     
  10. lukespapa

    lukespapa LawnSite Member
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    Repost to bump:

    Normmie & clear difference, [or anyone else] thanks for all of the good info. As far as changing the tires, are they easy enough to get off and on to the rims? What tools are required? I know on car tires, they use this machine to stretch the tire around. What do you use for these?

    As far as the fluid film, I assume I can get a spray can for under the deck?

    Thanks again.
     

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