New Gravely Pro-Stance Stander Review!!! With PICS!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by GMLC, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I drove around a 2012 Deere quick track. It seemed to be pretty fast. The maintenance also seemed easier to perform on this machine. This was a steal of deal, I was going to buy it and resell it after the season. Unfortunately the weight of the machine was a bit much. I also disliked the fact the mower width was a whopping 53 1\2 " for a 48" deck.
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  2. LHS Lawns

    LHS Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Stand-ons haven't caught on around here so there aren't any to try. My Kubota dealer carries Toro and he got a 2012 GS 52" last Fall to try out. No one has been interested. A few tried it but didn't like it.

    I tried it yesterday and I liked it. Gonna try it today and tomorrow. Its more agile than the Kubota 60" which is a plus in smaller yards. Cut was good, has the power.

    Its got a 24 hp Kawasaki engine with 15 hrs. Sticker price of $8200.00 I'm sure the price scared most people away.

    The dealer is going to have to come down pretty good on the price for it to work for me.

    What's a reasonable price for a 2012 Demo?
     
  3. Optimum Lawn

    Optimum Lawn LawnSite Member
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    So I picked up my 61" Prostance the other day and must say it is a very stout machine.
    Initial thoughts
    - not a huge fan of the operator presence but a necessary evil
    -noticed the huge skid plates to protect the transaxles..well thought out as the last thing needed is to crack one of them cases due to??
    -One thing I would like to see is a couple of zerks on the pins for the control arms off the front of the frame to the front of the deck....over time have had them seize up on a Z so that will be something I will add
    -Love the Deck adjustment wheel....does not get any easier to set your deck height.
    -Not sure if a pivoting front axle would be better or not

    Is going to take a bit to get used to the controls but they are super smooth and very responsive.
    Leaves a very nice smooth cut....as for stripping will reserve judgement for now till the grass gets fully set in.

    Next up some side hilling
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Congrats! Any updates?

    The Pro-Stance seems to be selling very well this spring! Im not surprised at all after my experience.
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  5. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
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    I think your experience and review changed ALOT of people's mind about Gravley. It's pretty obvious they take care of Thier customers and make a quality machine.
     
  6. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Agreed - a good review on lawnsite can push a potential buyer over the edge (like me)
     
  7. Optimum Lawn

    Optimum Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Worked for me.....made me drive 11hrs out of my way just to continue using Gravely
    Deere and Toro are much closer

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  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    ....and/or make them buy a machine they don't really even need. At least not yet.:laugh:
     
  9. Optimum Lawn

    Optimum Lawn LawnSite Member
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    So got a chance to do some slopes so here be my opinion....
    It will still get away from you just like a Z...lol.
    Pointing the front down slope and at a certain point/angle the rears will start to loose traction.(Have to bring my level next week and see at what angle it takes off). Doing side hills if you keep the front end pointed slightly up slope it sticks...just do not let the front end point down slope.
    Never at any point when climbing some steep slopes does the front end ever hint at lifting (but I am only 145lbs wet)....backing down slopes either straight down or on a angle then traversing up always keeping the front pointed slightly to fully up slope is the way I will work it and it sticks like glue.

    The Hydrostatic drive is frikken awesome...the more I get use to it, the more I love it ....very very precise in execution...move the levers and it responds now with no free wheelin at any point.

    So next week I will figure out the angles I am working on on this one property to give a better idea

    So far lovin the machine and yup love this standing thing much better than sitting:clapping:

    Well engineered Gravely:dancing:
     
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you have any large properties? I'm wondering how it will be standing for a while at a time.

    Mine would be my main mower along with a walk behind.

    I can get a 52 pro stance and a 34 walk behind plus other stuff for 11k
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