Woods 2560 mid mount

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Travis Followell, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    I was just wondering if I was the only one that has ever used a Woods 2560 mid mount. The farm where I work has one and thats what I get to use when we mow. Its either that or an old JD F620 z-trak front mount thats slow and underpowered. Thanks for any replies.
     
  2. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Same machine, orange paint instead of red.
     
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    Well there are a lot of differences between the machines and also a lot of similarities between them also. I've heard from a Gravely dealer that the machines aren't exactly the same. He said Gravely didn't let woods have all their features or in other words the Woods is just a cheaper made Gravely and the woods isn't as good of a machine. Because the machines are different that is why I posted this thread to find out other peoples experiences with the Woods machines.
     
  4. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    Anyone else?
     
  5. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Never heard of them.
     
  6. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    Woods equipment co. builds farm equipment. Mainly rotary cutters from 42" up to 20'. They also build tillers, loaders, scaper blades, landscape rakes, excavater attachments, and other tractor implements.
     
  7. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just look at the Woods and decide for yourself if it has enough goodies to suit you. I think the Woods are based on an older design of the Gravely 260Z, which I happen to like more than the newer ones because the longer tail puts more weight on the drive wheels which = better traction on hills.

    I've seen the two side by side, it seems like the differences are cosmetic...the hood on the Gravely is more rounded, etc. Pretty easy to see it is the same machine. I have (3) Gravely 260Z machines in our fleet, and they have been solid moneymakers year after year.

    I would take the Woods/Gravely any day over that Z-Track toy.

    KB
     
  8. Jeffsmowing

    Jeffsmowing LawnSite Member
    from ohio
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    A friend of mine has a 60" woods midmount with a vertical shaft 25Hp kohler. He seems to like it due to the hydraulic deck lift and the articulating front casters. I have operated the machine and was not impressed. It cost him over $80 for a set of blades where I can outfit both of my 60" lazers with new "teeth" for a hair over 60 bucks.

    Jeff
     
  9. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    The reason I asked is because I wanted to see if anyone had the same thoughts as me. I hate the machine. It rides rough and the cut looks like crap if the grass is damp. The deck clogs up and will only throw out a clump as big as my hand ever now and then while leaving strips of uncut grass between the blades. Does beauitiful in dry grass but just not damp or wet. As much as we mow we cant set around and wait for the grass to dry off.
     
  10. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    about $9 per blade, cheaper with quantity (9) or more.

    The OEM blades are very expensive for Gravely and Woods because they are tungsten-tipped. Supposed to stay sharp longer....true if you don't hit rocks. But in reality they eat your bench grinder wheels when sharpening. Just go to J-thomas for regular blades, $ problem solved.

    As far as quality of cut: Baffles/flow directors may be bent. The Gravelys have a very nice cut, even wet. Could be a woods issue.

    Rough ride= too much tire pressure or wrong tires.
     

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