Gravely/Ariens Owner Check-In --- Read This First!

Muhammad

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GREETINGS to all Gravely & Ariens mower owners! :thumbsup:

If you're new to the forum, please reply to this thread and introduce yourself and your mower (that is, if your mower have a name :laughing:). maybe attach a photo or two of your mower and show off your pride and joy.

Also, if you haven't done so already you can upload a user avatar (picture under your user name). You can do so by clicking on settings and "edit avatar" or just click here.

Please be helpful and friendly to all other Gravely/Ariens owners (how could you not, right?) and if you like this forum, tell your friends about it. :biggrin:

We want to make this the best resource for Gravely/Ariens mower owners, and to do that we need your help! Questions? Experiences? Stories? Data? Photos? Articles? Links? Cool Gravely/Ariens stuff? Post it here!

Last but not least, please let me know if you have any suggestions for the site. We'd love to hear them.
 

woodsman2011

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GREETINGS to all Gravely & Ariens mower owners! :thumbsup:

If you're new to the forum, please reply to this thread and introduce yourself and your mower (that is, if your mower have a name :laughing:). maybe attach a photo or two of your mower and show off your pride and joy.

Also, if you haven't done so already you can upload a user avatar (picture under your user name). You can do so by clicking on settings and "edit avatar" or just click here.

Please be helpful and friendly to all other Gravely/Ariens owners (how could you not, right?) and if you like this forum, tell your friends about it. :biggrin:

We want to make this the best resource for Gravely/Ariens mower owners, and to do that we need your help! Questions? Experiences? Stories? Data? Photos? Articles? Links? Cool Gravely/Ariens stuff? Post it here!

Last but not least, please let me know if you have any suggestions for the site. We'd love to hear them.
First off, is there a way to reply w/o a quote? I can't find it. Anyhow, new here and just last weeked brought home a 68 C-12 that has been sitting for a while now. So far, I've rotted out the carb and kitted it and replaced the key switch trying to get the thing to fire. I made it run before I bought it but it was showing signs of lossing fire then but when it fired up and ran, boy was it strong. Got fire to the coil but nothing coming out to the plug. I got a conversion kit (electronic to points) coming from GravelyShop.com and think that'll fix it right up.

Kelly

Heres some pics;
 

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twall

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First off, nice machine.

Second off, to your first off, to the extreem left of where you found the 'reply with quote' button, is a button that says '+Reply to Thread' (green box)

Last off, I think you made a wise move. Sounds like a bad condenser.

:welcome:
 

lonestarmojo

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Hey all, I'm obviously new to the forum and made a post for help before I introduced myself. Sorry bout that. I have a 2006 Gravely ZT 2348. I look forward to getting a lot of use out of this forum and contributing when I can help.
 

KennyV

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I have to love ... Studebaker, I had several all through high school... Cars not mowers...

lonestarmojo... Welcome to this fun place, LMF... Good to have you here. :smile:KennyV
 

dtrush

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Question

Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum thing. I just bought my mower a few months ago. It's a brand new gravely zt xl 48. Sry don't have any pics yet. But I need some help. Don't know much about engines. Everything has been great with the mower since I purchased it. I've really been satisfied. But all of the sudden the other day I went to start it like I always do and it started idoling really rough. It smooths out when I keep it about half choke or turn the speed up all the way. I've cleaned out the air filter, brushed off the spark plugs, and changed the oil. I need to know if I should spray carburetor cleaner in the carburetor and if so how, or if I need to drain the fuel lines and gas tank, or if there are any other options.
 

KennyV

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Re: Question

Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum
...new gravely zt xl 48.
... I need to know if I should spray carburetor cleaner in the carburetor and if so how, or if I need to drain the fuel lines and gas tank, or if there are any other options.
WELCOME to LMF...

I think you will enjoy this place & your new mower...

On a new engine, you likely will not need to spray any cleaners into the carb... it is more likely you have a contaminate in the fuel, probably water... If that's the case the easiest method will involve taking the bolt(main fuel jet) out of the bottom of the carb bowel ... allow the fuel to run out for several seconds, and then replace the bolt and washer... :smile:KennyV
 

GGOSSLER

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Greetings: Newbie to this site, have been shopping for the past 6 months for a new ZTR machine, have apprximatey 2.5 to 3.0 acres with several large pine trees. Currently haveJD GX 34 w/54" deck, has been a great unit, just want to upgrade, have had the JD for 12 years. Looking for any thoughtso opinions on Gravey ZT HD 52 or ExMark unit. All comments wil be appreciated.
 

GGOSSLER

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Re: Took The Plunge

Well, I did it, got that brand new HD ZT - 52 Gravley home this past Saturday, traded in my 10 yr old
JD GX 345 w/ 54" deck and 458 hrs. Somewhat of a learning curve on the first ZT I have operated, but all I can say is Wow ! Outstanding product, course got it stuck twice already much heavier than the JD. had my grandson help pull me out with the Tacoma.
 

KennyV

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Congrats.. You will get to Love it...
When towing drive the wheel motors with the pumps... or disengage the hydro bypass valve...
You will soon wonder how you ever mowed without a ZT...
Post some pictures when you get the chance.... :smile:KennyV
 

GGOSSLER

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Kenny:

Thanks for the reminder, I read the owners manual cover to cover, and my dealer was great
on the explanation and operation of the unit when I picked it up. That is the very first thing
I did, get under the back of the unit, and pull the release leavers on the drives

Thanks again, can't wait until the weekend so I can Use it again.
 

dmleonard

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Another Newbie here.... just bought a barely used (only 40 hours) ZT HD60 and Wowwwwww !!!!
Had a Cub Cadet 42 inch that finally quit on me, and after trying this thing out, I'm kinda glad it quit. :laughing: Now I have a place that can help me keep this new bad boy in top running shape. I'm looking forward to reading the other posts. Thanks for letting me in and I'll see you later.......
 

KennyV

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WELCOME to LMF...

You will have to tell us about your new mower + post some pictures... :smile:KennyV
 

Greyhound

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Hey all, I'm new to the forum but made a post for help before I introduced myself. Sorry about that. My machine is a new Gravely ZT XL48. I look forward to gaining a lot of information from this forum and contributing when I can.
 

mijjy

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GREETINGS to all Gravely & Ariens mower owners! :thumbsup:

If you're new to the forum, please reply to this thread and introduce yourself and your mower (that is, if your mower have a name :laughing:). maybe attach a photo or two of your mower and show off your pride and joy.

Also, if you haven't done so already you can upload a user avatar (picture under your user name). You can do so by clicking on settings and "edit avatar" or just click here.

Please be helpful and friendly to all other Gravely/Ariens owners (how could you not, right?) and if you like this forum, tell your friends about it. :biggrin:

We want to make this the best resource for Gravely/Ariens mower owners, and to do that we need your help! Questions? Experiences? Stories? Data? Photos? Articles? Links? Cool Gravely/Ariens stuff? Post it here!

Last but not least, please let me know if you have any suggestions for the site. We'd love to hear them.
Hello,

Jim here in Florida, I own an Ariens rear engine rider, model 927069. I've used it on my small 1/4 acre lot for the last 6 years. Mice got into the wires winter before last & did some damage to the wiring harness, so things aren't working like they're supposed to. Maybe I can get some pointers on what to do to get things working right again.
 

mijjy

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Howdy All,
I don't know how you feel, but I think they sure do make the wiring harness for lawn mowers complicated. To make things worse the mice like to get in my ariens rear engine rider there with all the wiring and make a nest, if they get hungary they styart chewing on the wire insulation. I fixed it once, but now I'm having trouble with the engine not starting right off if the mower sits for about 2 weeks, when I turn the ignition the solenoid just clicks, sometimes it will catch and start. I wonder if the charging system is working? Next time I get it started I'll check to see what battery voltage is when running, I'll have to disconnect the seat safety switch and jumper the wires to do that.

Next thing is the pto clutch is working on and off, humid weather seems to be a factor. Guess I'll have to dismantle more of the mower and do a better job at inspecting the wiring and make necessary repairs. I was told by one dealer that the clutch was bad, but I disconnected the wiring down there yesterday and connected a 15 vdc 1 amp tranformer and it locked up the blade right now with a definite click, I wasn't able to spin the blade by hand until I disconnected the transformer. I guess the dealer just took my word for it that maybe the clutch was bad, so all he did even after I took the mower in to him, was to price out a new clutch and advise me that due to the high price I might consider not replacing the clutch. After I got home and a couple of days later, I started it up just for kicks, wouldn't you know the blades engaged and I mowed a small area in the back yard. Next morning I started it, check blade engagement okay. moved mower to front yard, decide to put air in tires and grease the front wheel and axle, I had to jack up front end and take wheels off and grease by hand. When I put mower back down I figured I'm ready to mow front yard, the mower would start but blades wouldn't engage again.

My Ariens is model 927069 rear engine rider, 14.5 hp 32". I have found the wiring diagrams and wonder why all this for a lawn mower, anyway all I know so far is that something isn't right, I read some where that problems like this can be rectified by simply charging the battery, so that's what I'm doing now. I also read that some relays are touchy and give the on again off again problems, How do I check the relays? Can I check the diodes too?

Jim
 

sdb

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Scott and like some of you I am very new to forums. I currently own a craftsman l1000 but have been advised to go to commercial grade Zero Turn. I posted a new thread for advice between the Pro 260 and the 160 before I saw this. Sorry for doing things out of order. If anyone could check out my situation with the specific Pro's I am looking at and give me their opinion. I would truly appreciate it. I look forward to your input.
 

antelopehunter

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New to Ariens forum
Have an Ariens Mini-Zoom 1534 that I purchased new 6 years ago. Good mower that I have taken good care of and kept serviced. Ran great the last time I mowed but when I tried to start it Friday it would not turn over..has good battery charge but I think the key switch may be the problem..initially key would turn
but now key goes in and appears locked and won't turn. When I had key turned on and follow the positive battery cable back and uncover the posts by starter and touch with screwdriver I have spark or arc. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
antelopehunter
 
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