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I'm debating between gravely 252z & hustler?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by beaver29, Jul 18, 2005.

  1. beaver29

    beaver29 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I'm starting a lawn service and I'm debating between a Gravely 252z & Hustler Super z. Can someone give me some input on the pros and cons of these mowers from their experience?
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    This is like comparing apples to lima beans. The Gravely isn't half the machine the Hustler is. You really need to demo both units and find out for yourself.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    I am a Gravely dealer, and I will tell you that both are very good machines. You need to try to get a demo on both machines you are interested in , so you can compare the cut, handling, and features of the machines. Many here on this forum are big supporters of Hustler, so you will get a lot of Hustler hype, but you need to decide for your self. You will not go wrong with either brand of machine. Make sure you have good dealer support for whatever you buy, as any machine will have a problem at some point.
  4. beaver29

    beaver29 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    What makes the Hustler that much better than the gravely? I need some reasons.
  5. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I'm mowing with Gravely WB and Gravely 260Z. I am very happy with the cut / quality of the machines.

    I have retired my Dixie!
  6. beaver29

    beaver29 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Comparing at my local dealer a Hustler Super Z vs. Gravely 252Z w/ same size deck and motor the Super Z is a $1,000 more. How come their is so much of a price difference between the two. Is the Super Z that much better?
  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,717

    Again, as a Gravely dealer, I do not feel that the Hustler is a better machine, that is one reason I do not sell them. They are a very nice machine, but in my opinion, not noticibly better than Gravely. Gravely has a very good price structure for all their commercial machines. You really get a lot for your money with Gravely. Gravely was building good stout machines 30 years before Hustler built their first mower. They know how to build machines that last.
  8. CottonPatch

    CottonPatch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    Ask any of the people at Southland Engine and they will explain the difference to you. I can tell you that a lot of the commercial people in your area are using the Hustler Super Z. Lynn has a Super Z demo at his store. If not I will bring you one myself. Just email me at ztr@cox.net. As far as dealer support, you have one of the best in the country.
  9. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    They are both good mowers, but the SuperZ is a more refined unit. It has a lower center of gravity which will help you stay on slopes and berms better (and out of retention ponds!). I bought the SuperZ, but you should put yourself in the seat of both and cut some grass - your choice may be different !
  10. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    Hustler Super Z hands down. Speed, cut, hill-handling, support, it is same league like Toro/eXmark, Kubota and Scag.
    Gravely is good but not good enough to win or even gain market except their funky 34z. I have never seen Gravely mower handling big acreage accounts in my areas, it takes all day to do the areas, those huge accounts are cut by Super Z and Kubota ZD, it must have reasons.

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