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Gravely hydro walk's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by John Gamba, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    If you own one or have owned one please let me know how you liked it. How is that mower at 8.5 mph.

    Thanks John
  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I'm pleased with my Pro-H 1536. I haven't used any other hydro walk-behind to know how it compares. I don't see 8.5 mph much, normally only for transport. The ProSteer is awesome. The J-pin height adjustment is quick and simple. My 36" is light in the front end, obviously, so I've added some counter weights, and could probably add more. I personally wish it had at least 17 hp. Pulling me on my Proslide and mulching thick grass, it bogs down. The cut quality is pretty darn good, not as good as the grass height you're cutting increases, where it will leave a few uncut blades of grass. It doesn't seem to collect grass under the deck nearly as fast as my 260Z, not sure why exactly, but it's nice.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Thank you.

    I have now a 15/48 gear drive that is cutting great with the exmark solid lift blades.

    I do want to get the hydro 17/48 for the spring of 07 and would like to see if everybody's happy with there's. I love the deeper deck on the gravely its like the ultracut.
  4. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    John, let me preface this by saying overall I do like my 15/48 hydro with pistols.
    AND, Gravely has very good customer service and seems to be a great company that cares.

    I'm not overly thrilled with the cut I get from my mower, everything has been dialed in, a great OCDC, running doubles with amazing lift (yes it has enough power), yet it just isnt coming up with a "very nice cut".
    ALTHOUGH... I cut 90% thin bladed Kentucky and that might be why I'm not doing backflips for its cut.
    On thicker bladed turf the cut is pretty good, but still not as good as I'd like.
    It discharges a country mile, yet I still end up double cutting several of my accounts.

    The J-pin deck adjustment is very cool. With it, I cant see any reason for a floating deck (had a floater first, it didnt do squat except change height easily).

    It's built pretty well and I have had no problems with it whatsoever.

    With pistols and the wide-tracking wheel/motor mounts it is very stable on hills, not terribly twitchy, and is pretty easy to operate.
    Keep in mind that part of its stability is due to the pistols, I can bear down on it for extra traction. The same can not be said for the Pro-Steer hydro set-up. I had it and hated it.

    It has very good balance... enough weight up front to pull my 220 lbs up hills without much of a wheelie, yet with the pistols I can also push down to lift the deck to avoid discharging clippings during a turn.
    It simply does what I ask it to do in this respect.

    With a thick truck mudflap it strips absurdly well.
    (If you go the Gravely route, set a heavy flap to 2-2.5" inches up at your favorite cut height.)

    In short, I'd give it a "B", maybe a B+.
  5. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I currently have a 1548 Prosteer that is awesome. I love the cut and power. I had a 1752 which I had to sell two years ago. I think I liked the power of the 17 over the 15, and it was also a Prosteer. Both mowers lay down an incredible stripe and are easy to handle. I am a big Gravely fan.
  6. one man gang

    one man gang LawnSite Fanatic
    from N. In.
    Messages: 5,811

    I have the H1752 pistol(3rd season) and has served me quite well but as usual could use more HP. As far as the 8.5 mhp, there are two settings for the tension spring on the speed control plate(on mine anyway) and I've only had it on high speed once and it was very difficult to control, pistols were very hard to squeeze and it out ran the cut. The slower setting is about 6 mph. Still plenty fast. The 8.5 mhp is not practical IMO. I could only see it working on big areas with long stretches and very smooth turf.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    They make a kit that will let you go from 0 to 8.5 by just sliding the leavers up. Look under accessory's.
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Do me a favor---get a set of exmarks solid lift blades and try them, they worked great for me. When i got the mower it would leave two strips of uncut grass, when i changed blades it now leaves a finish that would scare the ultracut.

    Now for the floating deck, in my neck of the woods its necessary. The 15 kaw does have some power and it sips fuel.

    Thanks john
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    My first mower was a gravely:) and i loved it. it was a pro-150-50. One other thing!! i need in my area the deeper deck, they are the only ones besides exmark and deere to have this.

  10. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    John, I am running those solid foil exmark blades.

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