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Rear Discharge Gravely?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,757

    I was perusing the Gravely website the other night, and was checking out the new models, and changes to the older ones. The Pro-Master line, which is what I've been buying, is now somewhat limited in options, as, I'm guessing, the Pro-Turn series of mower becomes more popular. A 60 and, I believe, a 72 inch option are listed as RD, which I can only assume means rear discharge.

    (Gravely, if any of you guys are reading this, your website, in my opinon, sucks, when it comes to getting complete specs)

    Anyway, I was wondering what kind of experience any of you have had with rear discharge mowers? If I hadn't just replaced both my mowers with 2011 models, I'd certainly consider a rear discharge as it seems to me, if the cut is okay, it would eliminate, or at least reduce many of the problems associated with side-discharge such as throwing clippings on pavement, unable to trim with the right side, etc. Thanks for any responses.
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,132

    Rear discharge mowers leave a cut a lot more like a brush hog than a finish mower. By their very design, they don't have the vacuum needed for a top notch finish, and they tend to leave the clippings longer. Now, if you have a lot of horse pasture type turf that needs to be cut fast, they excel for that.

    If you do a search, you should be able to pull up a thread from last summer about them. Lots of negative posts, and few positive posts, regarding their QOC.
  3. dbear

    dbear LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 606

    Full specs are available for download (something some companies don't offer on their sites), but only one "family" at a time - aka no full line brochure. It does sort of make it a little cumbersome to compare say the Pro-Ride 200 models with the Pro-Turn 200 models, but at least the info is there.

    No experience with RD mowers except 10' brush mower.

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