David Oliver -
May 22, 2018
I will begin my five star review with the buying process. I spoke with Shannon at the company and explained my mowing needs to her. When I posed a question or two that she could not answer with absolute certainty, she got the answers from her technical staff. I was not originally looking at this model but she and the technical staff assured me I needed this machine and I would love it. They were correct!
It shipped to my door in under a week and is it ever a beautiful machine. I did not have the instructions for uncrating the mower so I contacted Shannon again. She immediately e-mailed the illustrated instructions and the uncrating adventure began. In addition to some metric sockets and wrenches to disassemble the crate, I found a cordless Milwaukee Sawzall to be invaluable. After I cut away some of the lower crate assembly (steel square tubing) and removed all of the upper shipping tubing, I was ready for gas and oil and hooking up the included battery. I hit the starter twice (once to prime the fuel system) and the mower came to life. I ran it for a couple minutes on low speed and checked for leaks or odd noises. Everything checked out perfectly. Okay, time to try out my new mower. I started cutting grass that was 7-8" high with the deck set on 3.5" and that was effortless, even running wide open throttle. The cut is beautiful! I tried the mower out on some slopes I have and the mower felt totally surefooted on approximately a 20 degree slope mowing back and forth. The mower did an awesome job. I have some steeper slopes (on the dam side of a pond) with which to contend and I will ease my way into them with the Bradley. While operating the mower, I made some observations. The mower is quieter than I thought it would be. The mower has great traction. The steering is very sensitive compared to a home owner zero turn that I have. After mowing about a half acre with the new mower, I am getting pretty used to the steering. I only have three acres to go. The mower does not come with an hour meter but I think I will add one. It's a great tool for planning maintenance.
In summary, my review is based on first impressions since I just got the mower today. The mower is a beast and quite agile. I am impressed with the customer service of the company and with the quality of the mower. Everything is heavy duty. I have a neighbor who wants one after seeing me mow with mine. If he springs for one, I can help him uncrate it since I now have the experience.
June 05, 2018
Purchased my compact 48 from Bradley Mowers in Bradley IL. The dealer there is fantastic very helpful and made sure I knew all the functions of the mower before I took it home. Let me start out by saying this machine is a beast! If you want a quality cut at a fast pace this is the machine for you! The overall build of the mower is one of the best I have seen. Heavy duty steel, bolts, wheels everything is very well built. Even the paint job is good. Very high quality at a very fare price. The stability of the machine is very good on slopes, it weighs a fair bit so it stays put, even in damp grass. One thing I can say "I wish" was better is that the controls are a little low. I'm average height 5'-11" and they are a bit low for me. Other than that I have no complaints. I highly recommend this machine for anyone wanting to cut down on there yard time. I'm not a commercial mower but this defiantly has the quality that can withstand daily use.