MollyGreen.com | Fall on the Homestead | Fall 2016
The cons: This is 1956 technology. There are little-to-no safety
features, and mechanical skills are necessary to keep it running.
Compared to similar modern machines, it needs brute force to
maneuver in tight places. There are no steering clutches. It has two
speeds—high and low—and locks into a selection. From the manual: “Caution: Always keep your hand on the reverse lever when you
are backing up. Then if you slip, or get backed into a corner, you can
throw the machine out of gear quickly.” If it had separate steering
brakes for each wheel, it would be better.
Overall, the Gravely is well liked by both my husband and adult son.
Like all farm equipment, it must be handled with common sense
and respect, and it will serve you long—and faithfully—if you give it
Alyce Repko is the wife of a hardworking husband and mother to six
adult children who live in five different states. On their six-acre farm they
raise rabbits, chickens, and sheep. In addition, she puts up food, does
freelance artwork, plays with a local orchestra, knits, sews, and buys too