Free 816 But I'm Mechanically Illiterate!
Greetings! I'm pretty new here (only had an Intro post so far). I have been on the hunt for a decent LT/GT to mow my property (1 acre). I was originally looking at a Simplicity 4212.5, but when discussing it with my uncle, he told me that he has a Gravely 816 sitting under his decl that "ran when I parked it there two years ago". Looking up all the info I could on here, it looks like it will fit the bill of being able to mow my relatively flat/uncluttered yard, with the additional benefit of being able to plow/snowblow and even pull a small trailer of firewood.
My big concern is getting it running. I'm mechanically illiterate, so we're going to transport it to my house on a trailer, and I'll start going through it from there. How forgiving are the Onan's (I really don't want to mess it up!) ? I was originally planning on a budget of a few hundred dollars for something off craigslist, but it seems like investing that money into tuning up/replacing parts on the Gravely would be a much better long-term investment. He said the mower deck was in need of patching, but otherwise, I'm hoping for changing out filters/gas/battery/tires to get it up and running.
Just wanted to introduce myself here to the Gravely subforum. I'll probably be here asking stupid questions that should seem stupid, so I apologize in advance. Hoping to pick it up within the week, so I can start this project before we take off for a week down to NC!