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Front mounts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KPW LawnCare, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Lets make this the thread for front mount mowers. What brands and models. The good and the bads. And some pictures. And general info about them.
  2. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    besides the grasshoppers and walkers, no one uses those big beasts anymore! I still have a big Gravely 30-H outfront sitting in my garage and cant decide what to do with it? They are just too big and heavy versus ZTRs that everyone now uses, but in their days, they were the best mower you could get, and for someone with a very large yard, they would still be great, they have loads of power, but are fairly slow, and some even have 4x4, I do like that, although it didnt work all that great when it was stuck! I would actually still use my gravely on some yards if it didnt have a hydraulic pressure problem and need thousands in repairs.
  3. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Hi KPW,
    We've been using Grasshopper 700 series frontmounts exclusively for 16 1/2 years. We mow all residential properties, and most are 1/4 acre in size.
    Our current primary machine is a 722D diesel 52" and size/weight is no problem as long as your good with turning and don't mow in the same tracks every time.

    Outfront advantages include better deck reach/visibility and easier deck maintenance, especially with Grasshopper's "Powerfold" system.

    The Grasshoppers with liquid-cooled Kubota engines (gas or diesel) have proved to be extremely durable for us as well with greater than 7,000 hours service life possible with good maintenance.

    Also, I think that the ride quality is generally better with frontmounts.

    Our frontmounts aren't slow, they go about 10 MPH and the ride quality is good enough that you can actually mow that fast in the right conditions.
  4. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    I have had 3 GrassHoppers and if I wasnt mowing comm. and was just mowing my yard I would have a GrassHopper out front series
  5. Tommy T41

    Tommy T41 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Are the out front decks shaft driven? Have no experience and a neighbor that mows commercial says he was told the problem with the GrassHopper was with the shaft driven decks? Wanted my thought and I can not give him any info because I have absolutely no experience with these. He is also telling me that the problem is the shaft will jam or break over the long run because it is solid mounted? My thought is it would have to have a CV type joint, I just do not know for sure. If you have any info on this, it would surely be appreciated.
  6. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Hi Tommy,

    Yes, they are shaft driven, they are mounted in greaseable "pillowblock bearings", have greaseable U-joints close to the deck, and attach to a 90 degree gearbox in the deck.

    Very reliable if you keep them greased, I've never had one jam or break in 16 1/2 years and more than 15,000 hours on three machines.
    I have had to replace the gearboxes occasionally.
  7. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    My oldest out front has a howling gearbox right now.
    Need to look into it to see what is wrong.
  8. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    Hi Sammy,

    It's usually the bearings/oil seals that fail, if you catch it soon enough they can be rebuilt fairly easily.
  9. kuokkamies

    kuokkamies LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

  10. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    I have a Deere F680 out fornt w/ MCS.

    Great cut w/ the driveshaft, and attachments availble..Great uner pine tress ect and for close trimmer..

    Too many parts (to break) and too complicated of a set-up for on-off all day trailer operations I feel.

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