Gravely 260Z Zero Turn Mower
by: Steven Downes
Presented here is the 1:12th scale Gravely 260Z commercial zero
turn 60" mover. The model is an amazing replica of the real machine
with a whole host of functioning details. The rear tyres have an
amazing molded tread pattern which is an exact likeness for the
grass tyres fitted to the full sized machine. The rear wheels
freely rotate while the front mounted bogie wheels feature 360
degree rotation which gives the machine its zero turn ability.
The rear engine cover has flexible black plastic lockdown
toggles which fit in the holes on the cover and removing these
allow the entire cover and seat assembly to tip forward giving
access to the fully reproduced engine compartment. There is even a
rope stop on the model to prevent the seat assembly from tilting
forward too far.
Everything on the life sized machine is replicated on the model
with an amazing level of detail. The battery compartment has cables
running from the batteries, a rotating cooling fan is fitted and
the radiator has flexible rubber pipes fitted to the in and out
valves. The top mounted air filter is present along with a finely
detailed engine block and exhaust silencer while two plastic fuel
tanks are fitted to the sides.
All warning and information labels are clearly visible inside
the engine compartment and the rear frame has the GRAVELY name
stamped through the rear panel. The model has three spindles which
have rotating cutting blades fitted that are driven by a series of
rubber belts. Access to the belt drive is achieved by lifting the
footwell panel which reveals the simulated belt tensioning system
which uses a spring to keep the belts tight on the pulleys.
The entire mower assembly frame is free floating with a foot
operated lifting mechanism employed to raise the cutter off the
deck. The discharge chute on the end of the cutter housing is made
of contoured flexible rubber, just like on the full sized machine.
The controls are all fully replicated on the model with the control
panel housing the PTO engagement button along with various switches
and temperature guage. The parking brake lever is fitted along with
the main control levers which feature tilting handles to give
easier access to get on and off the mower.
The contoured seat is made of rubber and has a sliding mechanism
allowing the seat to be adjusted. They have even added the seat
adjustment controls to finish off another museum quality model.