How Many Hours Will A Gravely Mower Last?

Patricia Oelze
by Patricia Oelze
Gravely mowers are expensive and high quality. At the very top end, their models cost over $14,000, so it’s only fair that lawn care providers would want to know how many hours the machine can operate at a time. Follow along as we explore the factors that determine how long your Gravely mower will last and how much you can expect to get out of it.

Regardless of whether you are in the market for a mower and are thinking of purchasing a Gravely or you already have one, knowing the average life span is important. Especially when buying one of their more expensive Pro-Turn Kawasaki mowers that costs upwards of $14,000.

According to Gravely, they put every one of their designs through several thousand hours of testing. And they are experienced in the mower business since they have been building them since 1916, over 100 years. In fact, their warranties go up to a five-year, 1,500-hour limit. So, you should expect to get at least 1,500 hours on your Gravely mower.

Of course, the warranty and hour limits vary depending on the make and model that you buy. Let’s look at some of the top Gravely mowers and their specs.

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Pro-Turn 400 Ride-On

This is the top Gravely product for the average user. With a 27 to 35 horsepower engine and a five-year, 1,500-hour warranty, this mower is one of the most popular. The Pro-Turn 400 has a 52.5 to 72-inch deck with a HYDRO-GEAR® ZT-5400 transaxle drive system. Some of the benefits include:

  • Electric deck lift system
  • Extremely comfortable high-back seat
  • Air-ride system
  • Safety roll-over protection bar
  • Radial tires

ZT-HD Ride-On

As the leader of Gravely’s residential mower series, this one is built for durability and power. However, it only has a four-year, 500-hour warranty. But don’t let that change your mind. They were tested for triple that with no problem. The deck comes in 44 to 60 inches and it has up to 26 horsepower and a HYDRO-GEAR® ZT-3100 drive system. Other bonuses include:

  • A variety of accessories like a two-bucket bagger or mulching kit
  • Commercial-grade features
  • Foot-operated deck lift
  • Large radial tires
  • Safety roll-over protection bar

Pro-Turn Mach One Ride-On

This 31-horsepower mower has a five-year, 1,250-hour warranty with a 60-inch deck and the same Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 transaxle drive system as the Pro-Turn 400. The constant belt tension system keeps the belts tight and the blade at the right speed. Some of the other interesting specs include:

  • Tunnel deck for better grass movement
  • Works great on tall grass
  • Can mow even in wet conditions
  • Comfortable high back seat with padded armrests
  • Radial tires
  • Safety roll-over protection bar

Pro-Stance Stand-On

The Gravely stand-on comes with the choice of a 32 to 60-inch deck with 18.5 to 26 horsepower. It also has a HYDRO-GEAR® ZT-3100 or 3400 transaxle drive system. The five-year, 1,000-hour warranty is great and means you can count on at least 1,000 hours out of this machine. Here are the details:

  • Cutting heights of 1.5 to 5 inches
  • Much less expensive than the ride-ons
  • Has an adjustable cruise bar
  • Radial tires

Pro-Walk Hydro Walk-Behind

This is one of the most powerful walk-behinds on the market and is one of Gravely’s most popular ones as well. Although it only has a four-year, 750-hour warranty, it has been tested at double those hours. With a HYDRO-GEAR® ZT-2800 drive system, a choice of 36 to 60-inch 10-gauge deck, and up to 23 horsepower, this beast can really do some cutting. Check out the other benefits:

  • Intuitive steering controls
  • Flip-up discharge chute
  • Wide wheelbase for safety
  • Single point cut height

The Average Lifespan of a Zero-Turn Mower

The average zero-turn mower is supposed to last about 1,500 to 2,000 hours according to Turf Magazine. But this includes all zero-turn mowers as they did not specify a brand. Here is a better look at the compared lifespan hours to other types of mowers.

Zero-Turn MowersAverage Lifespan/Warranty
John Deere Z915EFive-year, 1,200-hour warranty
Husqvarna Z500Four-year, 1,250-hour warranty
Cub Cadet Z-Force LX/SXFour-year, 500-hour warranty

The Average Lifespan of a Ride-On Mower

According to Consumer Reports, the average life of a riding lawn mower is only 250 to 300 hours. However, in their research, they found that John Deere, Husqvarna, and Cub Cadet mowers are designed to last about 500 hours. There was no mention of Gravely though. Here is what we found.

Riding Lawn MowersAverage Lifespan/Warranty
John Deere X700 Ride-OnTwo-year, 700-hour warranty
Husqvarna Z200 Ride-OnThree-year, 750-hour warranty
Cub Cadet CC30 Ride-OnThree-year, 500-hour warranty

The Average Lifespan of a Walk-Behind Mower

The majority of walk-behind mowers only last about 250 to 300 hours. However, just like the riding lawn mowers, the top three brands, John Deere, Husqvarna, and Cub Cadet, were found to last approximately 500 hours. The warranty information we found agreed.

Walk-Behind MowersAverage Lifespan/Warranty
John Deere JX90 Walk-BehindTwo-year, 500-hour warranty
Husqvarna 800AWDX Walk-BehindThree-year, 500-hour warranty
Cub Cadet CC800 Walk-BehindThree-year, 500 -hour warranty

There Are So Many Other Things That Matter

No matter what brand, make, or model of lawn mower you have, there is no guarantee that it will last a certain number of hours. That depends on a multitude of factors. For example, you have to maintain and service your mower regularly.

Properly Maintaining Your Lawn Mower

If you keep your Gravely lawn mower serviced well, you will get a longer life from it. You cannot just buy a mower and use it week after week without servicing it. Besides taking it in to get tuned up, there are other things to remember when it comes to the life of your Gravely mower. For example:

  • Remove the gasoline after the season is over
  • Change the oil at least once a year
  • Replace the spark plug at least once a year
  • Put on a new air filter every year
  • Clean the mud and grass clippings from the blade and under the mower
  • Sharpen the blade once a year
  • Keep your mower stored indoors or covered when not in use

Not So Fast

Even if your Gravely mower is past its predicted life expectancy, it does not mean that you should get a new one. A Gravely mower that has been taken care of and maintained should last many hours or years past its due date. Sometimes a new spark plug, air filter, and battery can make it run like new.

How many years your Gravely mower will last depends on how you use it. If you just use it to mow your own lawn once a week and you take good care of it, there is no reason to think it will not last for well over 10 years. In fact, it may even last 20 years or more. That is why we look at how many hours a mower lasts rather than years.

Commercial Mowers

Commercial Gravely mowers are built to last longer, but they are also more expensive. One of the best Gravely mowers will last about 2,000 hours. But for a commercial mower that gets used for eight hours a day, that adds up to about 300+ hours per season.

If you live in a warm climate like Florida or Texas, you could be putting close to 700 hours per year on your commercial Gravely mower. Using it year-round also puts more wear and tear on the machine, so it has to be serviced more to get the maximum number of hours out of it.

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The Bottom Line

The best way to determine how many hours your Gravely mower will last is to talk to others who have the same make and model as yours. But on average, you are likely to get about 1,500 hours from your machine if you take good care of it.

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Patricia Oelze
Patricia Oelze

I am a DIYer who loves writing about anything home-related. When I am not writing, you can find me studying for my PhD in Psychology, photographing nature, and swimming at the lake with my grandkids.

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