Gravely 34Z update beware....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by captken, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    the sticks are stationary left and right.

    they move front to rear, just like other zs.

    not in and out,

    except for the very ends...

    like this...

    gravely 005.jpg
  2. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    will not hold a slope.

    will slide.

    which on a slope can be dangerous!

    fence contacted control lever, that big paddle end with the 3 bright bolts.

    which moved rearward when lever caught the fence, mower traveling foward, on a slope,

    throwing the mower hard left into the fence,

    causing this,

    a ruptured fuel tank....potential for a kaboom!

    Fixed with JB Weld...

    Operate this machine on flat land only....

    gravely 006.jpg
  3. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    viewed from another angle...

    a picture is worth a thousand words....

    gravely 007.jpg
  4. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Why would they design the fuel tank to be vulnerable outside the mower like that? They could have at least put a guard around it or something...also, weird hand controls..I would figure this mower to be comparable to the Encore 34" I saw at a dealer here..needless to say, I didn't entertain the thought of buying one...
  5. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    scags fuel tanks are out side like that on the fender....
  6. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    That is scary Ken, I also noticed from your exellent ( as usual ) pic. that the tires look over inflated.. I imagine lower tire pressure may help with the terrible traction. I notice a lot of people run too much press. Am I wrong in this case? I agree those things don't need to be any where near a slope....
  7. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Yeah, I guess most mfg's are out approximately there, but it just looks so vulnerable and open....
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    It is not about the location of the fuel tank.....

    It's about the stability of the machine itself, it is not suitable for use on a grade and cannot hold a slope....period.

    needs design changes....

    They are perfect for flat land only.

    just my 2 cents worth,

  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    That mower is just like any other. There will be compromises somewhere. Since the mower is so narrow it shifts the center of gravity way up high. If you have a high center of gravity you need to make sure the mower will slide before it rolls over when it is put on a slope.

    Also Gravely has been using that type of steering lever on ZTRs for a long time. If the mower does try to tip over it is far easier to get off of the mower if the lever swivels at that point than to try and find neutral first and then move the levers out of your way.
  10. flyboy03

    flyboy03 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    l looked at a 152 z and the tires are extended beyond the fuel tanks...i can post a picture if you wish but that would not make any difference in the case of the 34z....

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