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#1 saleen322 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 07:07 PM

:pushmower: Addict, definition 2: an enthusiast; somebody who is very interested in a particular thing and devotes a lot of time to it. Well I need to “share” with my support group; Hi, my name is Randy and I am a Gravely Addict. :unsure:

It started out simply enough, I saw this neat tractor when I asked for directions one day, I looked until I found one, then I saw a parts unit that I had to have, you know, just in case; but it was too good to part out! So I restored it and I found another parts unit, BUT it was kept inside and it was pretty complete to part out SO I just set it in a corner, and then (GOT to stay off Craig’s List!!) a nice guy had had a running 812 and an 816 that set outside. He did not want to break up the pair and only $500. The 816 had rusted controls, frozen switches, and even the front end was rusted in place. It turned over and THANK GOODNESS it had low compression (last thing I needed was a reason to fix it up). I need a coil and starter-both were good-so I will take the 816 apart before I lose control of my senses and start buying parts for it. The deck on the 812 is poor and the 816 is fair but the 812 has great power and I even used it to drag the 816 up onto my trailer. Pictures to follow as soon as I shoot some.
Ok, now I have 5 and I am on the wagon...I really am....REALLY…but I may need support so please stay close to your computers. :give_me_beer:

Edited by saleen322, May 08, 2012 - 07:09 PM.


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Posted May 08, 2012 - 07:29 PM

You need the 12 GT plan. Once you have 12 then you'll spend all your time using, maintaining and admiring them and won't have time for picking up any more! It sounds like you are building a nice collection!
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Posted May 08, 2012 - 07:42 PM

You need the 12 GT plan. ...


That is too cute!! :thumbs:

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 07:59 PM

That was good Brian. :laughingteeth:

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Posted May 08, 2012 - 09:46 PM

Randy, you have admitted your addiction and that is the first step. I notice you have also recognized that, tough though they are, not every Gravely can be saved. Your future depends on your next steps however, so this is what you need to do. First, reconize that Gravely made two wheel machines also, with several different engine options, two speed axle options, and hi, medium and low gearing. Now, get out there and SAVE MORE GRAVELYS!
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Posted May 09, 2012 - 06:07 PM

As promised, here is my current Gravely lineup:

1. 8171 Commercial Posted Image

2. 816, the first "Parts" machine Posted Image

3. The second 816 Parts machine Posted Image

4. 812, runs well Posted Image

5. REALLY, REALLY the 816 Parts machine!Posted Image
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Posted May 09, 2012 - 06:55 PM

Nice lineup :ok:

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Posted May 09, 2012 - 07:29 PM

Nice collection of Gravely garden tractors you have. I like Brian's idea of the 12 step garden tractor plan.

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Posted June 08, 2012 - 12:02 PM

yup your have the bug, now it time to expand to the two wheel line up also, i think you would have fun because you can fit more in a smaller area!

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Posted June 08, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Very nice collection. Your wife has my sympathy :p

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 05:26 PM

Here is an updated picture of the 812. I was really surprised about two things on the 812. This is the first manual deck lift model I ever used. With a 250 pound deck, I was amazed how easy it is to move up and down. The counter-balance springs and the long lever work to make it easy to move. The other surprise was the 12 HP Kohler. That little motor has POWER!! These old garden tractors (Gravely, JD, MF, Bolens, etc, etc), all of them, had to have a different way they rated the power. A new mower with a 20+ HP engine doesn't pull and cut like these things. Maybe it is my imagination but the new big-box store models just don't work the same. Am I wrong? Posted Image




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