Gravely Hydraulic Deck Lift

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Trevors Lawn Care, Jun 7, 2004.


Do you like the hydraulic deck lifts on gravely?

  1. Yes, I love the deck lift

    13 vote(s)
  2. Nope, Dont like it

    3 vote(s)
  3. Dont know..Havnt used it

    11 vote(s)
  4. I wish my mower had it!

    4 vote(s)
  1. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    I have a gravely and i love the hydraulic deck lift...

    How does this feature fair with everyone else. Please back up your vote...If you vote no you have experience with it? If you vote yes..Why?


    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Could you please explain the Hydro deck as I have not seen one and don't know what it does. I have a Toro with a foot pedal to raise the deck. Is this what it does and if so how is it different.
    Trevors, Please don't take this as a negative post, I'm just looking to find out what the benifits are. Thanks
  3. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    i read all the time people whining and crying about how long and hard it is for them to change their deck cutting height. I would be pissed if i had to spend any time going from 3.75 to 3.25 inches..

  4. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    The hydraulic deck lift uses a hydraulic pump to raise and lower the deck. I push the lever down to lower it and pull it back to raise the deck. I can go from 5 inches to 1.5 inches in about 5 seconds without removing myself from the machine..While i am still cutting..
    Its a time saver. I also use it to prevent scalping in an area i know i normally would scalp even with a floating deck.

  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I have the foot pedal, which I prefer. While the electric- hydro is o.k., you have to let go of the controls and raise it up, so doing things like going over hills, tree roots, coming out of ditches, and things like this are just not as fast and easy to do. I have the Lazer with the foot pedal, so doing these things is a breeze. It also raises and lowers the deck alot FASTER. As far as adjusting the height, well, for as often as I do that, it takes me about 3 seconds to pull the cotter pin, reset the main pin, and re-insert the cotter. I just like the mechanical better - there's alot less to go wrong.
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Well, I like the foot lift for all the reasons that Runner says. Also, on my JD 757 the cutting height is changed by just turning a knob to the desired cutting height. i don't believe it could get any easier.
  7. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Well I like mine.
  8. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I love it because I can adjust on the fly, if it is deep and thick, I can bump it up a bit then re mow that piece and leave no clumps.
    Another handy feature for these parts is the ability to lift the deck quickly when you are sinking in hidden wet spots(really wet)
    Third, it is so handy to lift the whole front of the mower when it's time to work under the deck. Thank you Dave Ariens!
  9. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Kubota ZD has hydro lift. Its great as Trevor said, when cresting a hill or going over a rough spot you can just reach over a lift the deck up a little or a lot. And the deck will stay where you lift it to. The ZD uses a knob to set the cutting height. Try holding the deck up a half an inch or more while driving with a foot or hand operated lift mechanism.
  10. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,721

    Next year, the Gravely ZTR's will be offered with, or without the hydraulic lift. Many folks do not want to spend the extra money that it adds to the cost of a machine.

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