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The Gravelys

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Willofalltrades, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I found a Gravely 260 with a LC motor for $8300 new. I liked the machine but I have the feeling a 60" deck is to big. I want to get the 252 now.The dealer says that gravely hiked their prices on all 2006 models and that a deal like this will be scarce. If I want a 252 I have to get a 2006 which is more money than the 2005 260. The machines haven't been changed and are identical besides the deck size. Should I go for the 60" and chance it being to big or pay the extra for a smaller deck? I also have 2 trailers. One is a 6x12 and the other is a 5x8. I would prefer to use the 5x8 because I get better mileage and my vehicle handles this better than the 6x12. Logically, the 260 will not fit on the 5x8 so I would be forced to stress the vehicle towing the heavy mower and trailer. This is another reason I would prefer a 52". any solutions or opinions on my dilemma?
  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Well, only you know your accounts and if it would be too big or not. Gravely's site lists the 252 with manual deck lift and 25HP Kawasaki for $8299 MSRP. So I would think you could get one cheaper than the 260 LC.

    One thing you might want to thing about is the 252 uses the same frame as the 260 and the 252 have NO trim edge. I would not want that. The deck is right at the edge of the tires, and if I remember correctly from looking at one last year the deck might not even come out to the edge of the tires. This would also make for weird looking stripes, because of the amount of overlap you would have to have that would make part of the tire track disappear.

    You must be using a small vehicle to pull your equipment if there is a big difference in mileage and handling with the 6 x 12?
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    jtkplc is right about the 252Z....

    $8,300 ain't bad for a liquid cooled 60" unit... ain't bad at all.
    You get a lot of bang for the buck with Gravely.
  4. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    There is no way you can fit 252 gravely on 5x8..., the machine is a monster ..look and feel the build, it is even better if you test drive, but what ever Gravely you get, make no mistake, it is the most bang for the bucks mower!
    I just got a leftover 2005 152z with 23 kawi...sweet and power that is all I can say.
  5. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I think no matter what you buy, 260 or 252 you will be happy with it.
  6. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Why won't a 52" fit on a 5x8? 52" will fit into 60" according to my math. It might be a snug fit, but it will work.
  7. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    You have to take the chute off and really tip-toe your deck into it. I have tried with my Gravely 152 m, it is very snug, but the 252 is a lot heavier and sturdier mower with 1.5 inch wider than 152, that is why I doubt the possibility. I think you can but there is gonna have lot of possiblities that your side deck scraping with railing.
  8. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Yeah, with that shoot down it would be a problem, I didn't even think about that. I couldn't fit my 260 on my 6x12 with the shoot down.
  9. lawnboyri1

    lawnboyri1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    We have a Gravely 272 with a Peco system. I find it too big for some lawns. Wish my boss stayed with the 260, but want to be the first in our area with that model

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