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#1 bolensqt17 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 25, 2016 - 12:20 PM

I have a chance to buy a all white gravely 408. Supposed to run and cut good. Has the 8hp original kohler on it and i think the original seat. I think I can get it for aroud $150. Anyone know anything about these things. We have a bolens, wheel horse, and a simplicity. Would be my first gravely. Thanks for any info.

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Posted January 25, 2016 - 01:25 PM

If it runs and all, then its a good deal.


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Posted January 25, 2016 - 01:43 PM

An early Gravely foray into front engine placement. From what I've read they were targeting woman and lighter duty use. I do not have one, but I know quite a few folks that do, and they are very well regarded. Light for Gravely then is heavy today by most standards. They also came in Gravely red/white. As for the money, if the Kohler is in good running shape, and the deck is viable, the value at $150 is tough to ague with. Good luck :thumbs:


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Posted January 25, 2016 - 02:37 PM

buy it


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Posted January 25, 2016 - 07:10 PM

Wow, new one to me. Didn't know of the Gravely light duty OR front engines.  I always thought would be neat to have the older rear engine rigs, but this is first for me to see. Yeah! buy it!



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Posted January 25, 2016 - 07:37 PM

I wonder if that is from when Ariens bought Gravely. I am kind of remembering something that they made a smaller one under both names.

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Posted January 25, 2016 - 07:50 PM

I wonder if that is from when Ariens bought Gravely. I am kind of remembering something that they made a smaller one under both names.

 

The 408's were from the early to mid-70's. Ariens bought Gravely in the early '80's. Ariens did make Gravely badged front engine riders though.


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Posted January 25, 2016 - 09:05 PM

If it runs and all, then its a good deal.

Agreed. Those are worth quite a bit. even if it dosent run i would buy it


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Posted January 26, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Ok got it home. They guy took $100 bucks for it so i couldnt just leave it there. It does run and the deck is really solid. The only problem im having is the transaxle. It seems to have a bearing stuck. Any ideas on where to go on that? I am not for sure on what kind of transaxle/transmission it is, anyone know who made them? The tractor other than that is in good shape for its age but does me no good if i cant get it to move. Did find out on another gravely group that its a series 1 408 which is pretty rare so i dont mind sinking some money in it. Just need some ideas on where to find parts. Im going to break it down tonight and hopefully will have some more answers. Any help would be apprecitaed.



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Posted January 26, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Some more picture... a little rough around the edges but its all there. My bolens looked a whole lot worse so i really want to try and save it :)

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Posted January 26, 2016 - 08:49 PM

The Ariens made front engine riders Ellis is talking about were called GEMs, no idea what that means if anything.

I've owned two 408's, the first one I sold like a dope and just picked up my second one. Very nice and capable rider for it's size.

I look forward to seeing yours get the full treatment.


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Posted January 27, 2016 - 08:23 PM

thats awesome.Any info on the trans? if its a peerless it should split in half.



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Posted January 28, 2016 - 08:01 AM

thats awesome.Any info on the trans? if its a peerless it should split in half.

The trans is not a peerless, it's 100% Gravely designed and built. There is a vertical seam where the trans splits for service.


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 07:56 PM

The trans is not a peerless, it's 100% Gravely designed and built. There is a vertical seam where the trans splits for service.

Makes sense. Im not a gravely man. Im a simplicity man


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Posted January 28, 2016 - 09:42 PM

Makes sense. Im not a gravely man. Im a simplicity man

That's okay, I won't hold that against you.  :D

I appreciate old iron in general, I guess you could say I'm color blind.


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