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I used my Gravely 48in gear Wb for the first time and I mowed like I was drunk. This is for my home and it is harder than it looks!! Trust me nobody as to worry about me putting them out of business. Man I can't believe how that thing whips you around. I did the flat part better, but about how long will it take to get the hang of it. I was using a 21in Lawnboy before and what a difference. I will gladdy take any tips from the professionals. Thanks Nick
 

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Make sure the air in the drive tires are equal. That will help you atrighten your lines. When you first start with a walk behind mow in second gear tops till that becomes routine. Step it up a notch until you are comfortable at the next and so on and so forth.
 

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I would suggest to start out at a slow speed. And make sure that you have control of the equipment, not the equipment has control of you. I just tell my past employees to flow with the machine.
 

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Nick R, The way I was taught was 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

1st Gear, 2nd Gear, 3rd Gear and I tried 4th but, 3rd was as fast as I could walk. Then I got a velky that's a learning curve it's tough at first but then you get the hang of it.
 

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Practice, practice, practice!!! Watch out for the family cat when learning , too! LOL! Where are you in WV, Nick?
 

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The first w/b I got about 6 yrs. ago I was learning/practicing in my backyard. I wanted to see how close I could get to the legs of the swing set...WHACK! Cut it right in half! That tubular steel didn't stand a chance against the Kees!
 

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Speed is the key to learning. Slow down at first using the lower gears and lower the throttle. You will get the hang of it. Also, becareful making turns they will tear the turf if you go to fast.
 

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Impact, I live in Clarksburg, but I'm in Morgantown every day. I'm a truck driver and deliver auto parts to Saborton, Mile Ground and University Ave.
 

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Ditto on the equal air pressure in the tires. Also, especially if it is new, the belts will need to be adjusted after a few mowings. Actually, read the owner's manual, the belts may need to be adjusted right now. If you know a commercial mowing guy, maybe he can look at it for you. I've gotten belt drives from dealers that have been way out of wack.
 

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When we got our w/b's I set up some traffic cones and practiced going around them (blades off) till I got the hang of the steering, of course we got the T-bar's too but have one pistol grip JD.I set up lie 4-5 and went through kinda like a slalom thing, then went around each one, ect. after I got the hang of it then hit the blades and mowed the yard. Hope this helps.
 
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