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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Nick R, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. Nick R

    Nick R LawnSite Member
    from wv
    Posts: 11

    I used my Gravely 48in gear Wb for the first time and I mowed like I was drunk. This is for my home and it is harder than it looks!! Trust me nobody as to worry about me putting them out of business. Man I can't believe how that thing whips you around. I did the flat part better, but about how long will it take to get the hang of it. I was using a 21in Lawnboy before and what a difference. I will gladdy take any tips from the professionals. Thanks Nick
  2. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,071

    Make sure the air in the drive tires are equal. That will help you atrighten your lines. When you first start with a walk behind mow in second gear tops till that becomes routine. Step it up a notch until you are comfortable at the next and so on and so forth.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I would suggest to start out at a slow speed. And make sure that you have control of the equipment, not the equipment has control of you. I just tell my past employees to flow with the machine.
  4. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,579

    Nick R, The way I was taught was 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

    1st Gear, 2nd Gear, 3rd Gear and I tried 4th but, 3rd was as fast as I could walk. Then I got a velky that's a learning curve it's tough at first but then you get the hang of it.
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Practice, practice, practice!!! Watch out for the family cat when learning , too! LOL! Where are you in WV, Nick?
  6. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    The first w/b I got about 6 yrs. ago I was learning/practicing in my backyard. I wanted to see how close I could get to the legs of the swing set...WHACK! Cut it right in half! That tubular steel didn't stand a chance against the Kees!
  7. KL Squared

    KL Squared LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    Speed is the key to learning. Slow down at first using the lower gears and lower the throttle. You will get the hang of it. Also, becareful making turns they will tear the turf if you go to fast.
  8. Nick R

    Nick R LawnSite Member
    from wv
    Posts: 11

    Impact, I live in Clarksburg, but I'm in Morgantown every day. I'm a truck driver and deliver auto parts to Saborton, Mile Ground and University Ave.
  9. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Ditto on the equal air pressure in the tires. Also, especially if it is new, the belts will need to be adjusted after a few mowings. Actually, read the owner's manual, the belts may need to be adjusted right now. If you know a commercial mowing guy, maybe he can look at it for you. I've gotten belt drives from dealers that have been way out of wack.
  10. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 696

    my only question: why MUST we read this?

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