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post #1666 of 1687 Old 06-24-2019, 07:56 PM
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Yesterday I finally did the Hydro service on my Gravely ZT HD 60. Let me let you learn from my findings in doing this.

I think mine is a 2014. if you have that year it takes over 4 quarts; almost 4 and 1/2 quarts at least for mine it did.

The manual says about 2 quarts per transaxle. Most of the YouTube videos say just under 2. Nope not right. Not for mine.

The lady at the parts counter at the dealer asked me if I had oil. I was planning on buying my oil somewhere else because it would be cheaper but then she showed me something that they were using and it said something about Cub cadet hydraulic drive fluid.

I hadn't read my manual yet but I bought it because they were about to close.
came home did my research and realize my manual called for 15w 50 which the oil that she sold me did not have any viscosity marked on it. it also cost me twice what regular oil that it called for cost.

I went to Napa and bought 15w 50 synthetic Napa brand which is made by Valvoline. Literally half the cost of what she sold me; I took that jug back to her this morning and said that it didn't have a viscosity on it and my manual called for 15w 50.

Also in the manual it called for pulling out the drain plug; it isn't really a drain plug it's a vent plug or a fill plug. it's at the top of the transaxle so nothing is draining from it all the draining comes from the filter where you take the filter off. in my case it was a quarter inch allen wrench and it does come out hard. use a good-quality allen wrench or you will snap It off. I read about guys doing that.

I also read about guys having a lot of trouble getting the original filters off which I also did. I have a pretty good filter wrench you will need a good one.

as for how I jacked it up here is a picture. I cut a notch out of a 4 by 4 so I could use my mower jack and get under the frame. I use the chainsaw to cut the notch but you can obviously use whatever. I didn't trust the hydraulic on my jack when I was under it; notice I used jack stands also.
the notch is to go around the pulley. I didn't feel like the Gravely motor protection cage was heavy enough to hold the weight of the mower.

I also attached a pic of the fill plug see it's right below where the hose goes into the transaxle.

just thought I might put this out there and save somebody the trouble. I think the Gravely manual is pretty sucky.
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Re: What did you do to/with your Gravely today... restart 2.0

It was a nice day so I took the 816 to the beach.
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It was a nice day so I took the 816 to the beach.
I have both trailer and beach envy 👍

I don't see any fishing poles but I do see what looks like a beer cooler.

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I have both trailer and beach envy 👍

I don't see any fishing poles but I do see what looks like a beer cooler.
Why deceive yourself about what you are going to do out there? No need to drag out fishing poles.
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No, no fishing poles. I do my fishing casting out from the shoreline. You're right about the cooler though. All that paddling against the wind, and tide makes you thirsty.


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Just workin' it easy so far this summer. But I've got ~1/2 acre of ugly to cut in the near future, so will break out either the 30in. rotary or The Terminator 42in:.
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Bought an MA 709 22-Gallon Sprayer from a fellow Gravely enthusiast 1.5 hours away. Appears to be in good condition, but the tank needs plastic welding for a crack. I don't know whether the pump works or not until I test its operation. And after taking the wand apart and cleaning everything out, it shoots water when attached to a garden hose. EXACTLY what I need for certain farm applications. Win!
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Just workin' it easy so far this summer. But I've got ~1/2 acre of ugly to cut in the near future, so will break out either the 30in. rotary or The Terminator 42in:.
I need to borrow that terminator. Grass in orchard got ahead of me. Too much work for my Pro 8 and 30” bush mower. Never slipped the implement clutch before.

Girls with large lawns like a guy with a really big deck!
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Better pic of the Gravely "Jet Gun"; I can't decide whether it "is" a Gravely part, but it appears close to what Gravely was selling with the MA 709. Solid bronze casting with Al handle. Weighs six lbs. NOT Made in China...
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I did something I haven't done in 11 years. I mowed my yard with a gravely . 11 years ago this week my job went away do to a factory closing. 3 weeks before that my Gravely LI died, Engine problems. with no job it wasn't practical to fix it . about 6 weeks ago I was given a Gravely professional 12 with snow blade . Tonight after work I picked up a 40 in Kidney deck . So I am back mowing with a gravely

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WoW! Thatís awesome!!!
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Sorry to hear about your job. And that machine there is a monster compared to my L lol!
But as I have found out as one door closes it just makes another one open and I hope it works for you to.
Keep the old chin up.
BTW, That is a deck I have been trying to describe on here since I first got on here and I used it as a kid but the reason it seems I couldnt describe what it was is because the one we used had the cover missing from it that covered the pulleys that is on yours there. Wow! Finally

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1 I will have been at the current job 10.5 years . I went from maintenance in an auto parts factory. To me driving is a necessary evil. To maintainance in a hospital. A job that even on my worst day I get to make someone's life better.
I was saving to build a custom bicycle when my job went away. I ended up with the bike l was planning to build at about half the price of my planned build . I had a 1962 Gravely that I had owned for 10 years die. I bought a new Grillo walking tractor in 2012 . That Gravely Pofessional 12 was free it came with a snow blade I have $200 in the deck . So yep the man upstairs takes care of me

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It's not what I did with my Gravely LI today... it's what I didn't do! It's so hot that the "starter and control module" doesn't have the energy to pull the strap or follow the machine around. Mowing needs to be done, but it will have to wait for better Gravely conditions.
I looked at it and walked away! But, I've discovered that if you park the lawn chair exactly right, the top of the mower gear box makes a good spot to rest a liquid refreshment.
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I did something I haven't done in 11 years. I mowed my yard with a gravely . 11 years ago this week my job went away do to a factory closing. 3 weeks before that my Gravely LI died, Engine problems. with no job it wasn't practical to fix it . about 6 weeks ago I was given a Gravely professional 12 with snow blade . Tonight after work I picked up a 40 in Kidney deck . So I am back mowing with a gravely


If I had a deck like that on my Ď91 professional 8, I wouldnít have had to buy my Gravely ProTurn 152. I just couldnít keep up with mowing the pastures and the woods, about 5+ acres total.
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