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Nice. My FIL lives in Susquehanna Hills down there.
 

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UPDATE:

Well, despite my plans, I will not make it to the mow in.

We are behind schedule on moving to the new house, and I am behind schedule on several customer jobs, and unexpected family matters are keeping me very busy as well. I simply cannot spare the time.

Not to mention that the weather does not look good for Saturday, the day I planed to attend.

Sorry I will not get to see any of you who are there, I was really looking forward to it. I was even going to bring the 18-GLX, but like everything else going on, I have not had any time to clean here up a little.....

Hope the weather is not too bad, sorry I will not make it there.

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Sorry to hear you can't make it this year, especially given its nearly in your back yard. I had hoped to go, but it's a bit far, and I could only make it late Saturday into Sunday. I've seen how everyone packs up early on Sunday morning with previous events, so it's not the best day to try to take it in.

Also, you are right, the weather is not expected to cooperate.

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UPDATE:

We are moved into the new house, and I am thinking I need to find a wing mower........

The leaves are starting to drop, so I might be looking for a Trac Vac trailer as well.

It takes about 2 hours to cut the lawn, a wing mower should reduce that by 45 minutes easily. The back is just a large open flat field with a few trees.....

More later,

Sheldon
 

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Nice place! All you need is four bases and 18 kids and you'll have yourself a baseball game. I'm sure they'll let you umpire!
 

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Thanks Greg, we are very happy with the new place.

Yes, the back yard is big.......

After raising three kids, and three step kids, and helping with some grand kids, I'm not sure I would want have 18 of them around at the same time.......

Sheldon
 

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UPDATE: Well life is great at the new house.

We made it thru the few light snows this winter without needing the GRAVELY. Until I build a new garage, the driveway is small and the snow was not much.

Now not to make anyone mad, but I have to report, I cut the grass and mulched the remaining leaves in the yard on Sunday. This was the first time the tractor was even started since last fall, late October I think.

The tractor spent the winter in a one car garage sized shed we have at the new house.

So, after 5 months of inactivity, the tractor fired right up and ran perfectly, on the same 3/4 full tank of fuel that was sitting in it all winter. The battery did not need a jump, it has not been on a battery tender, or been started at any time since last fall.

The fuel in the tractor was not treated with any "typical" stabilizer, the fuel was treated with about 3-4 oz of Marvel Mystery Oil last year when the tank was filled last, which I find seems to lube the valves of the flat head Kohler Magnum.

It ran flawlessly for about 2 hours Sunday.

So, I stand by my theory, Ethanol or no, fuel brand/quality of additives makes all the difference.

Planning to build a detached shop/garage, hopefully this fall, to give the GRAVELY a nicer home.

Then I will have a lot more driveway, I'm sure I will be back in the snow removal business with the GRAVELY.

Still thinking about a wing mower for this big yard.

More later,

Sheldon
 

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She has already had the other one done, and her Doctor marked both with suitable directions/warnings - I'm sure they will this time as well.

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Well this change in the forum is "interesting".........

Have not had much time to do anything with the GRAVELY, very busy with family and work, and selling some of our excess real estate.

If we get the big house sold, I hope to be building a garage in the spring, and be seriously looking for a wing mower.

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It seems like time for an update:

A few things in my life are taking a bit longer to accomplish than planned........still trying to sell a few houses, wife recovering from shoulder replacement surgery, and now "social distancing"............

I did not have any snow to remove from anywhere this winter, so the GRAVELY has sat in the shed, no garage built yet.........

But the good news is I fired her up for the first time in a three months, fired right up, ran perfectly, no fuel issues, no battery issues.

Once again supporting my theory of better fuel makes a difference, as does my only additive, Marvel Mystery Oil.

So the grass now needs cutting, I expect to change the oil and do some spring maintenance this week, and get to it.

I still have some new projects on the back burner, hopefully before the year is out, hopefully for the Mow-In???????

Sheldon
 

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Hey Sheldon, I have a question about the mower deck on an electric hydraulic tractor. I can't seem to get mine to float. Right now the lift rod is in the second hole of the lift lever/rock shaft. The jam nuts are as high as they can go.

Under certain circumstances when one side of the tractor is lower than the other the deck's edge and the gauge wheels leave a divot.

Am I correct is assuming there is no float position on the electric system and an approximation of float is achieved by allowing the lift rod to move up and down through the lift pivot?

Thanks!

And good luck with all your projects. Stay safe!
 

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Please ignore my last post. It was asked and answered a while back. Sorry about that!
 

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Mikey, did you get it working correctly?

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Thanks Sheldon, yes I have it working. I also moved the lift pivot from the second hole to the first. It seemed to make no difference that I cold find. I will know for sure if it is right when I next mow. Probably Thursday.
 

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Mikey, I can't remember, did you see the addendum I posted somewhere in here about the hydraulic lift requiring a different location of the lift eye on the mower deck? Did the deck you are using come with that tractor?

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Ok, I searched it up, and found where Ron and I answered your question in a thread you started about this very issue, the eye bolt location.

And for the record, if you read the old manuals, GRAVELY always intended the mower decks to float at the lift rod, so that hydraulic back pressure would not slow the response of the deck movement by having to move the rock shaft and cylinder.

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Mikey, I can't remember, did you see the addendum I posted somewhere in here about the hydraulic lift requiring a different location of the lift eye on the mower deck? Did the deck you are using come with that tractor?

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Yes, I am pretty sure it is the original deck. The tractor is a 1999 that I purchased from our county's school system with around 500 hours. It lived its life at one school before they retired their entire Gravely fleet in favor of Kubotas.

I'll have a look at the eye bolt location. Being the original deck, it is likely correct, but you never know.

Ok, I searched it up, and found where Ron and I answered your question in a thread you started about this very issue, the eye bolt location.

And for the record, if you read the old manuals, GRAVELY always intended the mower decks to float at the lift rod, so that hydraulic back pressure would not slow the response of the deck movement by having to move the rock shaft and cylinder.

Sheldon
Yes, I found that same thread, but only after I posted to this thread. It was too late to delete this new post.
 
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