Just call Richard's. I don't think the shells are as much as you think and they are UPS able. (I think they are around $300) Home made deck for me personally would be a big turn off on purchase.
I have to agree.I made one and it totally blows away a stock one. Thicker steel. Anti scalping rollers. Wheels instead of sliders and it works perfectly.
You are nuts if you do it too.
I have way more money in this than a good used one has cost. Even a bit more money than a new shell. It took a ton of time. It does not look stock.
All told, if you can source one for 400 or less do so.
It has to be done right for safety sake and that takes time and money.
That would be how it would come if we were doing it. Gravely allows dealers to drop ship direct to the customers so it saves hassles and costs.OK! I will break down and buy a new shell from Gravely!
Time is money, but I doubt anyone who participates on this board can truthfully claim that they do not spend "fun time" on their Gravelys.
I looked up a new shell on Richards' site and they list freight at $17. Guess I better confirm - maybe it is drop shipped from Gravely.
But seriously, thanks for your input - it helps one keep perspective - and history is a great teacher.