Good machine but by no means perfect
Have owned this machine for about 4 years, done about 360 hours. It's very stable on fairly steep ground and goes places other mowers just can't access. Engine has been totally reliable and performs well. Servicing is difficult due to the design of the machine, access to service items is difficult. The front brakes are a liability and I removed them after cleaning lawn clippings out of them numerous times, they bind up when they get clogged up. Direction lever broke off. Tension springs for the belts have broken numerous times. Th...e shields on the side of the deck have cracked often and they bend when mowing uneven ground. The deck does not float, so it scalps the lawn badly on uneven sections. One of the deck height adjusters snapped off when I tried adjusting the deck height. One of the rear axles has just snapped. The powder coating on chassis etc has peeled off in many places allowing rust to start. Overall I have to say this machine has not really lived up to my expectations especially given the cost. Basic design is great but I feel it is let down by poor quality and badly designed components.
Not a bad little machine
I have a 10hp 7 series. It came with the house when I bought it. Great on hills. This model could do with more power. But still seems to get the job done. I have been mowing six acres for the last year or so. Still going ok. Four wheel drive would of helped.
Comfortable on Slopes - not the best finish
I use a Grillo (I believe is 7-series) - It is a good mower and performs well on the slopes (I test it out a bit) Diff locker is good to get around steep corners etc. or on slightly wet grass. But I when I do the lawn section with it - it's very inconsistent with it's cut... I have a Toro upright style mower which has a much smoother and nicer cut on lawn - but cannot handle the slopes like this one - so I alternate depending on the job at hand...
Does Most Of The Job But Can Be Disappointed
I had the grillo for 5years now mainly due to iur sloping block. I mow around 4acres. Most disappointing was speed then grass height. The cover over the blades bent so badly just through use on uneven slopes that blades hit it. Now I have also just had the throttle snap off in my hand at 90hours no warning. The chain has fallen off the wheels also.
Safe but not perfect
Works hills well - diff lock great in wet but mower is very difficult to work on and service. Some questionable workmanship our throttle lever snapped off in our hand during use ? ? After 20 hours. At 60 hours the steering arm snapped - it has not worked hard - we have 2 acres with an arcre of it steep but not rough terrain. Would expect a tougher machine for the price.
the 7-16 is a a great robust rideon mower for flat steep terrain but if you have rough terrain the wings are unforgiving and dont follow the countours. if mowing really long grass you need to lift the wings regulary to clear the cuttings. The seat is hard and after a couple of hours its hard on the body so upgrade to a suspension seat if available. Great mower for small rural acerage.the diff lock is a bonus and will get you out. make sure you check the area for stumps, rocks , dirt mounds. the people at shortcut mowers were helpfull
The diff lcok and robust engine
the wings are unforgiving and cuttings build up quickly
Just what I need
I mow almost 2 acres of brush and for 5 years I ran a toro workhorse with a 52 inch contractor cutting deck, but with sloping land in some places at almost 30 deg I never felt too comfortable. The day I rolled it forced me to look at a better/safer way.
The grillo is the safest mower I have ever driven by far. I feel in complete control at all times. I knew when I bought it that it would not leave the grass looking as pretty as the toro did but the safety factor comes first. It still cuts very well, especially the long stuff
Handles 30 degree slopes with ease, never skips a beat. value for money
Not as good as I had expected
After almost 9 years use I traded my Rover Rancher 13 hp ride-on mower for a new Grillo 7.13 Climber. I have some fairly steep terrain on my 1.3 acre property and the Rover was at times tricky to control coming down a 20 degree grassy slope. I was getting too old for stunt driving so I bought the Grillo, which is designed for such terrain. It has front brakes and constant hydrostatic drive, as well as a pedal that locks the diff when necessary.
The Grillo does provide what I need in terms of being safe and easy to control on steep descents. It...
Questions & Answers
Why will the cutting blades not engage when switch operated - switch illuminates?
Hi Tony, first up, the deck must be lowered from the travel position and the speed controller must not be in the park position. Assuming these basics are covered, theres a couple of wires going down to the blade clutch. Disconnect them, clean the terminals and try again. If still not working, disconnect the terminal again and using a multi meter, check if power is being sent to the clutch when u engage the switch. If yes, I guess the clutch needs repair. If no, theres a few interlock switches in the system which need to be tested, this is getting a bit complicated to troubleshoot in this forum. Good luck Tony.
Why will my cutting blades not engage?
Green light comes on when switch operated but blades will not engage.
I have a 7.18 grillo about two and half years old now. Have to deal with some steep slopes but finding that it does not transfer enough power to the wheels even with diff lock engaged. Do not think it is the belt slipping so concerned that transmission maybe a problem. Does anyone have similar issues or thoughts?
Hi Kevin, I noticed ours did the same thing a while ago, not a big change but noticeable and I put it down the bigger tyres I had fitted to it. I just had the broken axle replaced and now it does not drive up slopes anywhere as well as it did prior to the repair and it seems to travel a slower too. I am going to talk to the dealer that replaced the axle to see what the cause might be. Will update you, the manual talks about some adjustments on the trans but I want to talk to the dealer about it first. Cheers Neil
Thanks Neil. I have taken the mower back to the dealership, they are not too sure what the problem is but suspect something to do with the transmission. I will let you know what they advise.
|Category||Ride-On Mowers||Ride-On Mowers||Ride-On Mowers|
|Cutting Width||850 mm|
|Height of Cut||35 mm to 85 mm|
|Max Speed||9 km/hr|
|Reverse Speed||4 km/hr|
|Dimensions||975 x 950 x 1895 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
|Engine Name||Briggs & Stratton Intek 7180 18hp V-TWIN|
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