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Looking at Used Gravely 36 with 12.5 HP Kawi

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Toror21, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. Toror21

    Toror21 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 8

    I found someone willing to sell a gear driven 36" Gravely with a Kawi FB460V motor. I was looking for a mower of this size without braking the bank. It will be for my personal use. The price is $400 (not bad right?). The only thing is when I inspected it today, there were a few problems, but it didn't seem that bad. the motor sounded fine (even though it may need a tune up). But, the belts were all loose and beat up. Therefore, the mower didnt move too well when put into gear. Is that an easy fix? Also, when the mower is on, the blades are automatically engaged. When the manual PTO is pushed forward, it sounds a little like it picks up some more RPM's, but not alot. Will this be needing a new clutch? Last, the belt on the mower deck looked like it was pretty shredded. I guess the question is, is it worth the purchase? Or will I be spending another $500 in the shop to get it back in mowing shape?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. weapons of grass destruction

    weapons of grass destruction LawnSite Member
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    Belts are an easy fix.
    What happens when you shut the clutch off yhen crank the engine up.
    Do the blades still spin?
    Offer him $350.00.
     
  4. Toror21

    Toror21 LawnSite Member
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  5. Toror21

    Toror21 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    Yup. Blades start spinning right when you crank the motor on. Even the the PTO is NOT engaged.
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  6. weapons of grass destruction

    weapons of grass destruction LawnSite Member
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    OK that's probably just the switch easy fix.
    If you do the work yourself you should only spend about.
    $150.00 to fix the belts Just a ball park estimate.
    Might be even cheaper if you price it out.
    Go to jthomas dist they have good prices on belts.
     
  7. Toror21

    Toror21 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 8

    Thanks alot. I just got him down to $350. So all in, with a tune up, I'm spending maybe $600. I'll take that. Thanks again.
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  8. weapons of grass destruction

    weapons of grass destruction LawnSite Member
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    what part of NJ are you from?
    My grandparents live in wild wood.
    There from Hawthorne near Patterson.
    Thats also where my Dads from.
     
  9. Toror21

    Toror21 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 8

    Central Jersey. Near Trenton.
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  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Uh...

    It's an easy fix but it will cost you 1-200, then once you get the new belts on
    it might end up revealing a whole new set of problems?

    But if you're cool with taking a chance, they don't go cheap so it might be worth a shot,
    just you might want to be aware you might not come out but so good.
     

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