Got the Gravely runnin!

Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:49 pm

I've been wanting a Gravely. One popped up on CL for $75 locally. I thought its probably junk but thought what the heck I've got nothing to lose. Looked pretty decent, engine not locked up. Had compression, so I bought it. Cleaned the points up, set the timing(that took a few tries!), and she fired up! Now I've got to find some attachments!

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:02 pm

I just got one or almost....Kinda took it cause a friend owes me some money and he wanted to use it as partial payment :mrgreen: ....Alot more than 75.00...You got a whopper off a deal....They are going on ebay for 600-1000 dollars last I seen...Anyhow he's suppossed to deliver it Labor day weekend..It runs but knowing him its cobbed up...I know he put an electric fuel pump on it cause gas was leaking into the oil thru the mechanical one....Anyhow yours sounds great :{_}: Now I know who to turn to if I have a question :lol: ...I'll keep an eye out for some implements, but as I recall your aways away from here in Central NY....Nice find...Dave

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:28 pm

I have tons of gravely parts and attachments here in NY
Tim

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:42 pm

tst wrote:I have tons of gravely parts and attachments here in NY
Tim

Yeah I knew that Tim. I just wish you weren't so dang far away! Haha

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:01 am

They say you can almost climb a house with one of those Gravely's.

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:37 am

Way to go Thomas, finding deals and gett'em running.

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:02 am

Gravelys are great machines. Fortunately most of the mowing I did with mine is done with Cub now. You will find impliments, shop for the whole machine is probably the best way to find stuff.

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:09 pm

I have 3 currently. Useful in many ways but strangley designed in other ways. I assume this has a govenor but if not it is a very useful add on. Be careful with the timing of the mag on an electric start. A kickback can damage the 3 piece crankshaft. Also you may want to put a piece of tape over the pto opening to keep dirt out of the oil.

These things are great for mowing because of the quick forward and reverse. I use mine to jab under bushes and then pull out again.

Gravely changed the style of pto attaching and is something to be watchful for when looking for implements. The new style will require an adapter to fit the old style which looks to be what you have.

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:35 pm

Landreo thanks for the advice. Mine is electric start and I sure didn't know that about the timing and the crank. I hope I didn't mess anything up. I didn't do it blindly however. I brought the cylinder to TDC on compression. Then backed the cylinder down 5/16". Then I set the timing being careful not to let the shaft turn. I made a few minor adjustments with it(just a hair at a time) until it ran.
I keep it covered. I removed cover just for the short time it ran. I hope to get a tiller and a mower attachment for it. I'd like to use the mower for cutting shooting lanes and food plot area in summer. Thanks!

Re: Got the Gravely runnin!

Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:49 am

Tim I sent you a pm and after no response I sent you and email on the classified forum. Did you receive either?