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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gomow, Sep 4, 2002.

  1. Gomow

    Gomow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I have a chance to buy a Gravely Pro 50 with 16 Horse koehler
    for a pretty good price. don't know how old it is but it has the single wheel in back. A friend has a small engine repair shop here and has told me we can rebuild the engine (if neccesary) for the cost of parts. How fast are these mowers? I've got 2-3 yards that are 2-4 acres and my 36" Snapper WB is really getting tired! Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    The only advantage the Gravely would have over the Snapper would be the extra 14 inches of cut. They should both go about the same speed, around 5 mph. If your Gravely has a stamped 50 inch deck you won't be able to go 5 mph if the grass is tall, thick or wet.
  3. Gomow

    Gomow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Thanks for the info. It would be nice to be able to sit for awhile anyway! I really need to get something a little larger than a 36 but finances prohibit me from buying something new. Hopefully this will fit my needs for awhile.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    the gravley pro is very popular in my area but I have never used one.

    most that I have seen go with the bigger motor. mostly the kohler 25, so the 16 might be a little weak.

    I had the chance to buy one for 3K last year that looked like new and I let it pass. spouse even told me that if I didn't buy it I'd be sorry.

    I'm not sure I'm sorry but since she was OK with it I shoudda considered it.

  5. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I like the mower but as Richard pointed out with the stamped deck you really don't get a very good cut with tall wet grass unless you slow down considerably. The engine is pretty nice but might be a little small if you are going to be using it for alot to tall grass mowing. Riding is much nicer then walking! Do you have a dealer nearby for parts?
  6. Gomow

    Gomow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Yea, I have a Gravely dealer about 3 miles from home. Still haven't decided if I'm gonna get this one or not. I may hold out until I can find a good used ztr. I'm very part time (7-8 accounts now) and work shift work (12 hr days / nights --4 days one week 3 the next) so I have a good bit of time off. I'm trying to grow the business slowly. I don't want to have to hire someone to help and try to keep them busy too. I think with a bigger mower I can handle 15-20 and not have to work every day I'm off from my regular job! You know what they say "All work and no play"
    Thanks for the info guys, I've learned a lot here the last couple of months.
  7. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Nice and slow is a great approach to take. Demo as many machines as you can on your existing accounts, keep reading and do as much research as possible. You never want to replace a piece of equipment because it just doesn't do what you need it to.

    I wish you the best of luck!

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