gravely belt drive

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jannan, Jul 24, 2000.

  1. Chip

    Chip LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Sorry to hear you are disapointed with gravely. What size engine do you have? I have a 16 hp on my 50" , 20hp on 60", and 14.5 on a 40" they don't make anymore. The 40 is my favorite that I use on my own lawn, only 5000' gives a great cut. Drives some of my neighbors nuts that I cut and trim in 15 min. they waste an hour or more. The other neighbors got smart and pay me to cut for them.
  2. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I have a gravely pro 50 1997. I got it for a steal $700.00 earlier this year. I dont cut in the rain. I do cut high thick grass with it and no problems. I love it, the best $700 I've ever spent. This is my primary mower & I cut 6-10 lawns per day, I say go for it.<br>SJR<p>----------<br>SJR Lawncare<br>
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,143

    thats a dam good deal ya got! what was the situation?<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Evan528
  4. OP

    jannan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Thanks for the input guys,I demoed the Pro 150/12.5hp Kaw tonight(cut about 3 acres)of very high and in some places very thick grass. It did a fine job untill it hit the thick grass, where it stalled a few times. It threw a belt twice(different belts). I think a twig got between the belt and the pulley, but not sure.It wasn't very good on hills,sliding sideways,while going across,and running away from you while going down.All in all I wasn't too impressed. Thanks again for the input! JA
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,009

    JA--sounds like you did a good test drive. I am wondering if the 150 series is the light commercial series. if so, I'd stay away. I think the full commercial series id the 250.<p>the 12.5 hp engine is too small for a 50 inch deck in standard commercial use in my opinion.<p>one thing you need to know about belt drives is that they will all run away from you going down hill. solution, cut side to side turning uphill. I don't know why the gravely would slide down hill unless the tires were over inflated and the hill was too steep and rough.<p><p>also, the belt drives usually don't have a full powered reverse gear.<p>my next unit will be a hydro. I hope.<p>GEO
  6. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    EVAN528, An aquaintance of mine bought the mower & a 6x12 trailer to start his own business, which didnt work out. So, he was strapped for $$. I offered him $1400 cash for the trailer & mower, he said ok, so I got both. You could say I got the mower for $700 & the trailer for $700. Pretty good buy, right? Those 2 pieces of equipment have paid for themselves many times over. Sometimes you can get a good deal if your in the right place at the right time.<br>SJR <p>----------<br>SJR Lawncare<br>
  7. OP

    jannan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    geogunn-Yes the pro 150 was a lightweight commercial mower,underpowered & very small tires. I didn't measure them, but probably around 10&quot; wheels.
  8. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I have multiple gravelys. Few walk behinds and zero turns. I have the pro 150s with 50 inch decks. I have 14 horse kaws on them and they have no problem. No matter what anyone tells you belt drives slip in rain and on some hills. I would strongly recommend you buy a gravely.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,490

    For ALL you guys with belt drives, especially if you're pulling sulkys, try this and you WON'T be dissappointed. Go to your automotive store and buy a can of belt dressing. (about 3 bucks)All you spray is about an inch or two on the inside of your drive belts -outside for idler. This will give you INCREDIBLE response with your traction and belt grip! Be careful around cars and such though- it's touchy!

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