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Gravely Prostance review (small one)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ridin' Green, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,637

    Today I finally got to demo the 48" Prostance. This is my first time on a stander, so I was a bit clumsy with the controls. I didn't have it that long (only had one property to mow today, but it was the one I most wanted to demo the mower on). Even in only the short time I had it, I was starting to get the hang of it better. The salesman said they tell guys going from a Z to the stander to expect about a month's worth of mowing time to become as proficient as they were on their Z, and that seems about right to me. The machine only had a touch over 3 hours on it when he brought it out to me. It had medium lift blades on it, and was wearing the FX691V which is 22 HP under the new system of rating engine HP. This one is not the new version that is coming out with the wider discharge chute opening, and rubber mounted standing platform.

    This thing cuts awesome. The grass wasn't that long, and it has been really dry here again lately, but it left a beautiful cut with zero stringers anywhere

    It is short and very maneuverable.

    I only had one small hill to try it on, but I have placed my dial angle finder on top of my Z's deck when on it, and know that it ranged from and average of 15 degrees, up to 18 degrees in a couple spots. I mowed across the hill and it was a walk in the park. I know that isn't that steep, but it is at or near, where a lot of manu's say is the limit.

    Very comfortable platform, but IMO, really needs the suspension upgrade that is coming.

    The discharge on the dry grass was as expected- great. It also discharged all the leaves very well that I had to mulch up in a few places.

    The ease of getting to the grease zerks under the front cover, through the top of the belt shields, and any pulley's etc under the cover.


    I talked about this one, and a couple others with the salesman and he said he would mention them to Gravely- it only has two adjustment holes for the gauge wheels, and should have at least one more to allow a wider and better range of adjustment.

    It needs a much larger pedal area on the foot deck lift pedal. Several times I needed to float it over something, and I couldn't find the pedal pad without either stopping and looking, or just using the hand lever instead. It is very small and on the left hand side, but even though I knew about where I should feel for it, I just couldn't seem to find it easily like I should be able to.

    I noticed that once the front end is downhill from the rear, even if it is just hanging it down over a knoll in the lawn, that the rear loses traction rather quickly. Maybe I'm spoiled by my Z950 in that regard, but I did have to be a lot more careful going some of the places I could go with my Z with no problem or worry of lost traction.

    One other thing that I pointed out to the salesman- the oil filter is in a harder to access place than it should be, and it is located right above the left drive belt and pulley. No matter what you do, you are going to get at least some oil on either the belt, or pulley, or maybe both. That one really needs a redesign IMO.

    Would I recommend this machine to anyone. In a heartbeat based off what I experienced today. I am going to wait on possibly buying one though, at least until I can see the new version. There may be better standers out there, I don't know, and don't really care. This one will do what I want it to, and gravely is really worlds ahead of other manu's regarding customer help and service. They'll go out of their way to see to it that you get a demo if you want one, and they build a very high quality product IMO.

    The stripes were excellent BTW, but I took the pics with the sun just about straight over head, and they don't show that well, which doesn't do the stripes justice in the slightest. They really were nice in just one pass.








  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,637

    A few pics of the cut-





  3. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Funny we did the reviews at the same time!! My Pro-Stance has the updated bigger deck lift pedal and rubber isolated suspension platform.
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,637

    Yea, I saw that. I posted in your thread too. Nothing but the truth BTW:D
  5. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,235

    Y'all are too funny. I need to to go demo one now
  6. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    Good review RG. I know you've follow some of my threads and have heard it before but I can't stress enough the company support and how driven they are to make a good product better. I wouldn't hesitate at all to buy Gravely and if there is any short coming you'd find don't be surprised if they go out of their way to make it right.
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,637

    Thanks. I've actually followed all your threads and most of your posts in other threads even though I don't post in them regularly.

    I have no doubt of any of that. The salesman said that they like dealing with Gravely better than all the other manu's they carry because they are so eager and willing to take care of their customers. Unless something drastic happens to change my mind, my next mower will be a Gravely, whether that is the stander, or another Z.

    I wish I could have had the stander longer so that I could get a little more experienced on it, at least to the point that I would know if it is the right choice for what I want it for. We are winding down very fast here for mowing. Little to no rain, less sunlight, and getting cool quick. I still will be mowing a few places for a week or three more though.
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Hey Ridin', what do you think of this deck? I honestly wasn't expecting the great cut quality I got with it. Seeing how shallow and closed it was. I was told Gravely up graded the old Ever Ride/ Great Dane deck. Maybe the Ever Ride/Great Dane guys can chime in on cut quality...
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,637

    To be honest, I didn't notice that it was shallow. I never paid any attention to that. It looked deep enough to me considering it was only 48" wide. I just went to the demo with an open mind to see what would happen. I am very impressed with the deck's QOC, at least on my limited demo. I never had to cut any deep grass, but I did mulch up a fairly decent sized pile of leaves with relative ease.

    I was going to post in your thread to ask you- is the new deck getting the wider discharge opening, or is that only on the X factor decks?
  10. watsmi57

    watsmi57 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    thanks for the review. nice to see you movin away from from that green paint ;)

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