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New Gravely "mini" Z..your 2 cents?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GarPA, Nov 11, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    I mentioned b4 we're finally getting another commercial dealer in town, (we need more dealers here...desperately). He'll be starting with Gravely and a number of you have said they make decent stuff.Anyway, today I'm there and he knows I want to trade in my almost new 36" Hydro (nothing wrong it...great mower but doesn't do what I hoped it would do (steeper slopes)...so he says come here I want to show you something....proceeds to show me a new commercial 34"..yes 34, Z with a 15 hp Kaw. It is the sales rep's demo. Brand new mower from Ariens/Gravely. I dont have the specs on it so dont ask me for more details than what I show here. He says this mower was specifically designed for: 1. commercial use and 2. to fit thru gates....hmmmm I say.At the end of last year I took on a number of patio homes in the same development...all with 36" gates. Have you heard anything about this machine or have you put your paws on it for a test drive??
    On the surface I'm wondering how well a 15 hp kaw would do in spring conditions and carrying a body on it as well. Do you think thats enough horsepower?? This would be perfect for not only gated yards, but for those properties that have some tight spots where you get out the 21 or 36..and with it being a Z, the speed benefit is obvious. He gave me the impression we might be able to do an even up swap...they want to get a couple machines out there on the street for marketing purposes. He toldme I could take it home and play with it this week.....on the surface I am impressed with the concept.Your gut reactions to this set-up ???....again, my 52 will do most of the heavy lifting ...this would be for those tighter properties...and with the speed, I could actually see this being a real money maker for those small properties many of us often ignore
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    i saw the 34z in the banner at the top of LS the other day and went to gravely's site. It looks interesting, but it would be impracticle for me since virtually no one has a 36" gated yard around here. 15hp should be plenty of HP to turn 2 17" blades plus a rider.

    Demo it and tell us how it performs.
  3. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    I hope to bring it home this weekend...I will for sure post back on how it performs...I've got an area behind my house that has a few inches of growth ...something else I noticed....dahhh ...it has a pretty small footprint...I think smaller than my 36..and space is always an issue in my overloaded enclosed trlr...not certainly a reason to buy it...but an item to consider on the pros and cons list
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I'm kind of confused Gary.

    How is this Z gonna replace your 36 inch WB that you want to get rid of? Or maybe it's not and you're going to go back to use the 21's? Obviously this Z is not going to go where the WB did (hills and slope wise) that is...
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    sorry Rod if I confused you...at your age I need to be more clear...what I didnt say was that, as you well know, when you have some nasty slopes, you just have to suck it up and either put the 21 on it, or get out the old trusty trimmer. THese problem areas are only small parts of larger commerical properties....some of them have dips where the 36, or the 52 cant cut. So basically Rod the 36 will do the gated properties fine(those are one of the reasons I bought the 36) but for the problem areas, there is no solution ...therfore I have a 4k machine that will rust b4 it wears out...so I have to get rid of it...and...since I'm getting more into small residential, being able to swap these mowers, AND make these small properties even more profitatble with a mini z, I kill 2 birds with one stone...I wont sell the 36 for a big loss...so this option, at least to me, make the best out of my stupid purchasing decision on the 36. I also remember people like Jim Lewis saying here what a killing he makes on lawns that most of us walk away from....hope that explains things a bit better...now go take your Viagra and have a wonderful evening...
  6. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Looks like Gravely did a better job on the 34" Z than Encore did. It looks like a true commercial mower through and through, unlike the Encore.

    I think one very important little thing to take note of is that Gravely is still using taller tires even on that little thing. They obviously realize what I do, short caster tires cause problems out there.

    Please keep us posted on how it does for you. I can't see where I'd have a need for such a machine now that I'm gate free. But it still never hurts to stay educated about what's available.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Speaking of Jim Lewis,... where has HE been???
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    was wondering the same thing....hard to miss his great business logo....hey Jim are you still amoung the living?? hope you have not turned into a LS Lurker.......ha
  9. thill

    thill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I started a thread on this same subject last night. Not sure how to combine them or if it is worth it.

    GarPA, please let us know how the demo run is..... this could be perfect for many of our properties.

    Below is a link directly to Gravely's propaganda sheet.


  10. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Gravely's in my mind have come along way.They were one of the few companies at the gie show that really impressed me.Plus each year they are some of the nicest people to deal with.Gravely is getting bigger each year and maybe they maybe not as big in sales growth each year but in quality they are up there with the big boys

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