Make no mistake about it, I really like the brakes that I have on my walk-behind machines. But at that price, I'm outta the game. Fortunately, the jobs I've encountered with my machines haven't mandated brake use - it was just a nice extra to have. It's difficult enough to fathom paying $500-600 for a new model L jug assembly, but that's a major component. I know why guy's want them - and it's often impractical or impossible to obtain the entire tractor (vs. just the brake set) - but man that just seems steep.That's cheap. A few months ago, one went for over 700. It's not really crazy when you think about -- how many people want steering brakes? Just about everyone who owns a late model tractor. Unfortunately, there are very few out there in relation to the number of tractors.
The back plate and shoes are all Bendix. I bet if you have a good Bendix source, you could get a better deal that the Gravely dealers will be able to give you.The real worry about buying a set for that price to me would be if they were worn and couldn't be used -- not so much the pads which are still available, but the linkages and backing plates, etc.
Yeah, it usually does. Just a matter of how many guys want to cannibalize their machines.Doesn't matter. Give it a few more months of this and the price will drop right back down to $300. Everyone thinks an item is rare until one guy gets a lot for it on Ebay and suddenly 50 more come out the woodwork.