What to do about new mower purchase?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mattitude, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. Mattitude

    Mattitude LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Messages: 17

    Here is my situation, I already have a 52-ZTR Gravely but I am looking for another mower. I have enough saved for a Walk-Behind but have been looking at the Legacy Simplicty RIding Tractor.

    Would you purchase a walkbehind or pay for half of the LEgacy and finance the other half?

    THE REASON I NEED ANOTHER mower is for some big open mowing and a few hillside jobs that I have! Will the walk behind hang on the hill?
  2. Mattitude

    Mattitude LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Messages: 17

    anyone? i am hopefully going to demo a ferris walkbehind this weekend. Anyone got any experience with Gravely Walk Behinds?
  3. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    A walkbehind will certainly hold a hill better than a rider. I don't know what the Simplicity is, but if it is actually a tractor, ZTRs are a heck of a lot more productive, which is why no commercial guys use tractors.

    For a small operation, a walkbehind and a ZTR is a great combination.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    What deck and engine sizes are you considering? Will there be a helper or are you solo? The walk behind is best on hills, much better than a lawn tractor (if we're talking about a hydro walk, belt drives still better). As for the tractor, it will be better than your Z on a hill, but the Z will be faster in big areas... Why not a used 60" Z and a used walk behind (36"?)? If you could afford it anyway, or just get one or the other.
    I have an old 32" Gravely belt drive for gated areas, it is not a bad little machine but I wouldn't want to use it as primary machine, or for more than some lawns. A new one would be much nicer though and hydro would be sweet on that small of machine. Again, mine is old (about a 1990 model). My main mower is a eXmark hydro 52" with sulky.
  5. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    I just got a 48"WB and I'm very happy with the way it holds on hills. I also hav e a ZTR and I have some locations that just do not justify using it. The WB will cut just as fast. Get the WB.
  6. Mattitude

    Mattitude LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Messages: 17

    Right now my company is me and my partner and a part-time guy who mainly helps weedeating at one large cemetery.

    We use a 52in ZTR Gravely and a regular old rider for tough hills.

    I was looking at the new LEgacy XL SImplicity tractor that has a 60in cut. But started thinking that either a Ferris or Gravely 44in or bigger WB, perferably Hydro, would be cheaper and better to use overall.
  7. jbt

    jbt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Gravely WB are good, I have a 50in gravely wb belt drive. Check around for a used one, also ask your Gravely dealer.

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