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#1 Nato77 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 04, 2013 - 12:27 AM

Its been awhile since I've been at a good auction. When I say good I mean lots of old things that have been just sitting around waiting for someone to come along and bring them back to life.

 

About a month ago I seen there was going to be an auction that an old Gravely L and a bunch of other things I was interested in. So I got there and looked the Gravely over. When it came time to bid on it the auctioneer said "its suppose to run". Yeah I've heard that before.   I ended up winning it and getting a sickle attachment and brush cutter along with the tractor.

 

Got it home and checked to see if it had spark, which it did. Poured some gas in the tank and after a few pulls she fired up! Ran pretty good too. Later in the evening I had some time to play around with it and talk about a brute! Starting to really like it! 

 

The bit of research I've been able to do I come up with its probably a 1952 with a 5hp engine... I think. I'm no expert on these by far. The one thing thought was kinda neat was the wooden hand grips on the handle bars and levers. Never seen that before on this new of a machine.

 

Here's the pics

 

 

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Posted August 04, 2013 - 12:47 AM

Great to here you got a good deal Nate! I have never owned or used a 2 wheel Gravely yet ( just DB's) but they look like rugged machines.

 

I know our Gravely experts will be able to tell you a lot more. Good luck with it! :thumbs:

 

Those wooden handles are cool too!!


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 12:50 AM

Nice find Nate, what kind of engine is on it? It definitely looks like a very solid built machine! :thumbs:  With the gear box on that deck, it almost looks like it could double as a shredder! :D

 

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Posted August 04, 2013 - 01:22 AM

From what I've found Gravely used their own engines until 1966.

 

I'm impressed with it. The buck thorn bushes don't stand a chance now!  :D


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 03:03 AM

Nice. It is indeed a 1952 5 horse power. For all your manuals go here;http://gravelytractorclub.org/ Good luck with it.


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 06:39 AM

Very nice. Amazing that it started and ran so easily. 60+ years old and still running strong. I'm impressed. 


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 07:56 AM

Nice, very nice.
It's bee well taken care of, but used... Many years look to be left in it too.
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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:14 AM

sweet find you got there.  that sickle-bar  will be very handy too.


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:41 AM

I don't know the first thing about these but here is a person that should know more than I care to know and that is Amigatec  (Pat) Good Luck with you tool.

 

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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:42 AM

From what I've found Gravely used their own engines until 1966.

 

I'm impressed with it. The buck thorn bushes don't stand a chance now!  :D

Gravely made their own engines until 1976 IIRC.  Nice machine, and frankly your tale of cranking up seems to be more the norm with these old machines than otherwise unless someone really messed it up previously.  Welcome to the joys of Gravely ownership!

My two sons were helping me mow overgrown brush and weeds at my Dad's house and the older one says to me afterward, " It was really fun to cut down all those weeds and hear the blade just crunching them up."  The other one finally admitted that he liked hearing the way the deck "hummed" in high range.


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 08:47 AM

PS:  You may have the 5 horse engine, but there seems to be very little difference in usable power between the 5, the 6.6, and the final 7.6 engine that Gravely produced.  The biggest difference I've ever found in being able to use the engine's power was to install a governor and let it hold a steady engine speed while the work load varies.


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 09:07 AM

Gravely's horsepower ratings were at the PTOafter power went through the transmission when they had the genuine Gravely engine.   In 1967 Gravely started offering Kohler power but continued to offer the Gravely engine through 1976.   They are an awesome machine.   You did good!    :thumbs:


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Posted August 04, 2013 - 12:02 PM

Nice score, Nate!

 

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Posted September 10, 2013 - 10:26 PM

I am hoping you are gonna post some more pics!  :dancingbanana:

 

Here is my (Kohler powered) Gravely sickle mower, I use it pretty much weekly in the summer, it is my weedeater!!

 

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Posted September 12, 2013 - 12:46 PM

I haven't put the sickle bar on it yet. The bush hog attachment is awesome for removing the bushes starting to take over the grove. I'll see if I can get some more pics this weekend.


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