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Gravely or Toro?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by C4chris70, Aug 4, 2002.

  1. C4chris70

    C4chris70 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Yesterday my 14 year old 36" Toro kicked the bucket, and unfortunately I sold my backup last week (after just sitting in the garage for 2 years). I am in a position where I need to buy a new mower within a day or so since I have been unable to find any used mowers in the classifieds. I have narrowed my choices to either another 36 Toro or a Gravely. I have not used a Gravely, but have heard that they are rock solid machines. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I have a 6 year old Gravely 36 that has been exellent. It has not needed one single repair since Ive owned it and the quality of cut is top notch. You also need to decide wich style of controls you like better. I personally prefer pistal grips..... T-bar I feel I dont have as much control over the machine with. That is ussually personal prefernce though.
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Deeper Deck, Better Cut, double Blades.
  4. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    The Red One " T O R O " :D
  5. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Gravely for sure, but if you can stomach the cost... Great Dane baby
  6. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Seriously, look at all the things Gravely's mowers have to offer. Look at the price, deck, deck's chute, tires, controls, balance (the front end won't lift up on u when u hit a bump), and man they are solid machines. I run with Gravely and Dane. Both are amazing machines.
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Get an eXmark 36" hydro with a flex-deck - you will have a 54" contouring and trimming mower that will out do any thing on the market - see our sponsor forum for pics. (Flex-Deck)
  8. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Nelson- they are both red.
    Something tells me you have no experience with Gravely's.

    Flex-decks are nice, but don't thoes stripe wierd b/c of the way the tires are set... correct me if I'm wrong b/c I don't know nor seen pictures.
  9. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I believe the Flex-Deck lays its own pattern when on an mower - it is unique. You would be the only one on the block with the flex-deck look. you have to decide whether to stay with the old or try something that will save you a ton of time mowing and trimming, with a unique mowing pattern.

    I understand that what has been working is hard to get away from, and I don't envy the decision you people out there have to make when new things come along.

    I just know from all the people that have the flex-deck presently that have enough power on the main mower to run it full time are reporting bunches of time savings. - LGF's 52" eXmark WB is a bit under powered for full time mowing, but the trimming is great according to his report to me. I have one on a 36" eXmark in Sterling IL. and that thing is evidently doing about twice as much as it used to.

    Thanks, Brad
  10. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    I think the Flex-deck is a great tool. However, I believe that the 36" has it's place in small area mowers. It's not about gates really, but if it was, typically most yards that have small gates, also aren't big enough to make a 54" economical...

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