As some of you know, I just picked up three Gravelys Thursday. A 260, 252, and a 148. Up until now, I've been running primarily Hustler SuperZs and one Deere 717A. I've had SuperZs for about four years now and before them, I ran Cub Cadet Tanks. I've also used Toros briefly. Well today I got a very good chance to really see what the 260 and the 252 will do for me. I demoed a Gravely 260 and a Deere 820A a couple of weeks ago and afterwards, ordered the three Gravelys under their fleet plan. Today I (and my wife helping ) mowed an 8 acre church and two medium sized commercial properties. This church is where the 820A fell flat on it's face which pretty much discounted it in my purchasing decision. There's thick tall-fescue and a few hillsides that although are not rediculous, will definitely tell if a mower is a wimp or not. Well, after about 3.5 hours on each mower, I am well pleased with my decision. Here's my unofficial comparison of Gravely vs. Hustler SuperZ. Design: I give Hustler a slight edge here. The SuperZ has a lower center of gravity making it more stable on steep hills. My wife and I both felt the Gravely had a better ride. That's ironic sense my SuperZs all had flex forks. The Gravely has almost too perfect a balance of weight. I'd prefer a little more weight on the rear for better rear traction but it wasn't bad. When I become more used to the machine, I'll probably be able to handle it better. Power: Hands down, Gravely. Even though Hustler now shows the 31hp Kawasaki as an option, I've never had a SuperZ that you didn't have to run the throttle at least half to engage the blades. The Gravelys will start the blades with hardly a flinch at idle speed. Mowing thick turf today at around 10mph barely made an audible difference in rpms. Quality of Cut: Not even close, Gravely. I never knew you could mow large areas of turf with the chute down and get a nice cut with even clippings dispersal. Nobody complained more than me about the SuperZ XR-7 decks clumping up underneath and spitting out globs of grass even with the chute up. In addition, underneath my X-Factor decks right now, they are as clean as when I started the day. I might actually be able to throw away my 5-n-1 painters tool. Two more "additionals" that I just love. When I asked in the Hustler forum a couple of years ago why SuperZs couldn't have headlights and why they don't have places to tie them down, I was told by the Hustler rep "you shouldn't be mowing when it gets dark, it's not safe". What type of stupid answer was that? Anyway, Gravely offers headlights and tie down lugs. Again, this is just my opinion and we all know everyone has one. But I've always called it like I see it. Just because it's what's on my trailer doesn't necessarily mean it's the best and I'll sure tell you if I don't like something that I bought. If I wasn't pleased with these units, I'd sure tell you. But I've been in this business now 9 years. New mowers just don't get me excited like they did in the early days. But I must admit, today I rather enjoyed myself.