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Old 06-17-2015, 08:27 AM   #1
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My new shiny thing (2 wheel tractor)



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Old 06-17-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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Nice! You'll like it. We have a bigger one and it's amazing how often we grab it instead of a farm tractor.

The sickle bar mows a lot more than you think.

Which model is that? 732? And is that a flail mower or a tiller? Can't tell, but it doesn't look like our tiller.

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Old 06-17-2015, 11:57 AM   #3
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This is a Grillo 107D 11 HP Honda with sickle and flail mowers

I already had a BCS 730 with 9 HP B&S and tiller and chipper shredder.

I wanted a flail mower but the 730 didn't have the power to drive the flail mower that you see in the pic (Berta Franco 26"). So my choice was to get a 2 wheel tractor with more HP or use a much smaller Bellon flail mower and get larger wheels tires - the latter would have cost me about $1600 new, the former another $3500 new.

I happened to look in CL and found a low hour Grillo, with steering brakes and sickle and flail mower for $2000. I think it also has a quick detach PTO. The sickle mower was rusted enough to prevent it from working, but a few taps with a hammer got it working a little, so I need to give it some TLC.

I am going to use this to cut brush on some of my property (16+ forested acres), and occasionally some grass.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:38 PM   #4
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I read the title and thought maybe you got a new GS.















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Old 06-17-2015, 01:55 PM   #5
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I read the title and thought maybe you got a new GS.
That would be a KLR
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Old 06-17-2015, 02:14 PM   #6
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That would be a KLR
I was thinking of the "Downfall" spoof video when Hitler derides the "Bavarian Tractor."
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:10 PM   #7
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Very cool.

I'm building one to use in my garden as a summer project.
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:23 PM   #8
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I had an OLD two wheel tractor a few years ago...

Way too heavy to handle had to sell it before it turned on me!

1978 Gravely with the famous "Snow Cannon"

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Old 06-18-2015, 04:43 PM   #9
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Back in the 50's my grandfather hooked me up with a Gravely with a sickle bar to clear some high weeds. I was 9 yo and 80 lbs. That sucker drug me all over the place. I got the job done but , it wasn't pretty!!!
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:55 PM   #10
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I have a gravely L. Use it for bushogging hunting lanes. I can agree about it being an ass-kicker.
I grew up with a gravely 'snow cannon' in Buffalo. Perfect description. Neighbors would stop what they were doing just to watch 2' of snow get launched OVER the garage! My Dad would aim all the snow into one pile in the yard. Made a giant mountain that lasted until May. Had a snow cave we could have parked a car in.
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We rarely get that much snow - last winter no snow at all, the winter before that, just shy of 2 feet that lasted about a week.

But I am thinking a dozer/snow blade attachment would be good for moving dirt and leveling it, and it would work on the kind of snow we get here.

After last night I am definitely going to get larger wheels.

I tried the sickle mower and it worked about like I expected except that it mostly sucked on brambles. Not that it wouldn't cut the brambles, but because of the way they grow you have wade through them to cut them, and they just ride up over the mower because it doesn't chop up vegetation, it cuts at the root, so brambles are more or less left standing.

I am going to try the flail mower tonight and I am hoping it will suck the brambles into the mower and chew them up.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:55 PM   #12
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Not that it wouldn't cut the brambles, but because of the way they grow you have wade through them to cut them, and they just ride up over the mower because it doesn't chop up vegetation, it cuts at the root, so brambles are more or less left standing.
Been there. Done that. Bought two goats.
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Back in the 50's my grandfather hooked me up with a Gravely with a sickle bar to clear some high weeds. I was 9 yo and 80 lbs. That sucker drug me all over the place. I got the job done but , it wasn't pretty!!!
Yeah the old Gravelys are scary... no dead man safeties. You could die at the controls and that tractor is not stopping until it runs out of fuel in the next county!
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Old 06-20-2015, 04:28 AM   #14
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We rarely get that much snow - last winter no snow at all, the winter before that, just shy of 2 feet that lasted about a week.

But I am thinking a dozer/snow blade attachment would be good for moving dirt and leveling it, and it would work on the kind of snow we get here.

After last night I am definitely going to get larger wheels.

I tried the sickle mower and it worked about like I expected except that it mostly sucked on brambles. Not that it wouldn't cut the brambles, but because of the way they grow you have wade through them to cut them, and they just ride up over the mower because it doesn't chop up vegetation, it cuts at the root, so brambles are more or less left standing.

I am going to try the flail mower tonight and I am hoping it will suck the brambles into the mower and chew them up.
You can fabricate an angled 'grill guard' Push the brush down and under the cutter instead of falling on top of the mower.
If you have a bunch of brush to clear, can you replace the cutter knives with hammers? We had a bunch of forest cleared up by a fella with a Bobcat and front mount flail with hammers. Pulverized the underbrush into mulch.
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:50 AM   #15
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The flail mower works beautifully - it goes right through those brambles.

Until this morning anyway.

It sucked up some heavy plastic sheet, which clogged up the flail and loaded the engine down. I might have burnt up the clutch because now I can't get the tractor to move (I disengaged the flail) - it seems like the clutch is slipping.

So I am letting the tractor cool down and I will try it again.
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