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Mower Advice Please!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by jomccs426, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. jomccs426

    jomccs426 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm a college student, and I've been doing lawn care and landscaping for several years. I currently have a Gravely ZT 44 HD. I love this mower. I have had ZERO problems with it, and the cut quality is as good as most of the higher end commercial mowers that I have seen. I am currently trying to expand and maybe turn this job into a career.

    I would like to add another mower that way I can avoid downtime when mechanical problems finally do come. I cannot decide which way to go, though.

    1. I have thought about getting a Walker because of the cut quality and ability to control clippings. If I did this I thought I might put a 52 inch deck on the Gravely. It has a Kawasaki FR691V 23 Horse enigine. Would this be too much deck for the motor? This would be short term until I could buy another larger mower.

    2. I have also thought about getting a larger ZTR. Most likely a Gravely Proturn 160 or 260. I love Gravelys. They are very popular where I am located. If I did this I would use the ZT HD as a backup and for getting into tighter places.

    Most of my accounts are medium to small residentials with a few large properties. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!
  2. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 329

    Stay in school forget lawns.
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  3. KeegansLawnCare

    KeegansLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 21

    He is not asking that.
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  4. KeegansLawnCare

    KeegansLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 21

    I'd get a Walker or if you would consider a stand on they are very comfortable. Like a Grandstand, Vantage, Wright mowers, V-Ride, Prostance.
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  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,430

    Northwest alabama?

    Walker 23hp GHS with either a 48R or 52R deck (depending on size of your lawns)

    Cant go wrong.
  6. Gravely Commercial

    Gravely Commercial Inactive
    Messages: 346

    Good Luck with your business and we're glad you love your Gravely product! If you have any questions, please feel free to post them or send us a message. Thank You
  7. jomccs426

    jomccs426 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Marshmallow I plan on graduating college next spring so I'll have a degree. I just enjoy this job, and see potential for a good income.

    How about the 52 inch deck on the gravely ZT 44 HD?
    I like the idea of having a larger deck for doing bigger bobs more quickly.
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  8. bsmelancon1024

    bsmelancon1024 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    gravely makes a 52" deck on a same mower you have. So this shouldn't be a problem I wouldn't think.

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