Should I buy a Gravely 816T?
I own some land that needs bush-hogged once or twice a year, otherwise the weed trees get out of control. In between I'll clean things up along the drive and some other areas with a push mower, trimmer, brush cutter, etc. Makes for a long day. It'd be nice if I could maintain a little more area (not much, maybe 2-3 acres) in between having it bush-hogged. A Gravely 816T is for sale right down the road from me for $700. The seller says it's the "T" version, although it just says "816" on the side. They say it has a Twin Onan 16HP motor, 50" deck, and that the "steering has some play." Otherwise, they say it has front, middle, and rear hydraulics. Newer paint, new front wheels, tank coated - new fuel pump and lines. Hydraulic lift, new car battery, seat excellent, and gauges and controls function as designed.
I've read mixed things about the Onan motor. I've read its a "desired" motor, but I've also read that one should have plenty of cash on hand when it comes time for repairs. Thoughts? Would this 816T be good for my needs?
As an alternative, a Gravely Promaster 300 "Presidential" is also for sale near me for $950. The seller says it has a 60" fab deck and 22HP Kohler Command motor with less than 50 hours. He says it has a new PTO clutch and runs well. While not a garden tractor, would this do just as well or better for maintaining my property?
Thanks for the feedback and I appreciate any suggestions on these Gravely's, or other ideas about how best to maintain the areas I want to keep trimmed.
Last edited by kyavion; 09-23-2019 at 09:50 AM.