Bradley 32" Belt Drive Walk-Behind Mower Briggs$1,949.00 $1,350.00
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Increase your comfort and productivity with the Bradley 32" Walk-Behind Mower. Get commercial quality at a low price! This lawnmower has the same industry standard components as the large name brands without the big price tag.
- Briggs & Stratton 17.5HP/500cc recoil start engine
- Peerless 5-speed transmission
- 32" wide 7 gauge fabricated steel deck
- 2-5" adjustable cutting height
- 13" rear tires
- 9" front tires
- Cast iron spindle housings
- 5-gallon fuel tank
- Up to 6mph speed
- Not CARB compliant/for sale in California
- Can contact for optional purchase: sulkies, steel grass catchers, mulch kits
- full parts support, dealer, and fleet options available at bradleymowers dot com
- Please understand this mower ships in a dealer steel crate. Assembly of handlebars, linkages, fuel tank, front wheels, and other connections may be required.
- 2-year commercial warranty;3-year limited residential warranty
Chris Haring -January 28, 2019
I stumbled across the 32” Bradley in January or February of 2018. The price during this off-season was in the same range as the TroyBuilt/Cub Cadet/Sears and they gave me favorable shipping fees. I was hesitant buying long distance in case service was needed, and there were few reviews (that’s why I’m writing this one). But the few reviews all spoke about the same major parts used by the well-known commercial brands, so I decided to take the chance. I’m glad I did.
The mower arrived in early March with snow still on the ground. 475 pounds, including the shipping cage, meant I now own a 400ish pound mower that was one inch less but twice the weight of my old one. That’s because the engine is more than twice the horsepower and the frame is made of a much heavier gauge steel. Assembly was straightforward. When the written instructions were weak, the diagrams picked up the slack. Having a second person would have been very helpful, especially when it was time to get the beast out of the cage. By the way, I could have purchased the 36” model for almost the same price, but it may not have fit into the mower space I had for it in my garage. The mowers are nearly identical except for the slightly larger frame and blades.
Performance: There’s a learning curve, but if you’re a homeowner with enough confidence to be looking to move up, you likely can handle it. I was used to squeezing a handle to make it go faster. Now I have to squeeze one (or two) handles to make it turn (or brake). Keep it at the lower speeds and you will figure it out. Squeezing too hard to make that 180 at the end of the row can cause the wheel to do some damage to the lawn. It’s a 400 pound mower, remember? You will learn to make a slightly more gradual turn that doesn’t cause the inside wheel to totally stop. My one performance gripe is with the mulching. I bought the mulching kit and it’s not quite as good as my old mower. Maybe an unfair comparison, since the 1994 TroyBuilt model was a dedicated mulching mower—no bagging possible with that model year. When you make a mower that can do both, there are some compromises to be expected. Cut slowly, cut often, cut dry, and keep the blades sharp. You’ll see no clipping lines. Cut faster, not often enough, or a wet lawn and you will have clipping lines & clumps. I’d give it a B+ for mulching. My other negative is that, with no electric start, it will take multiple pulls to start in colder weather—and it is not an easy pull. I don’t think they have an electric start version, but I’m going to look for a retrofit kit if Briggs & Stratton sells one. Usually starts on the first or second pull in warm weather.
Service/support: I had two issues early on and the people at Bradley came through. One mulching blade was ticking at the housing and they promptly exchanged the set. Problem solved. It also failed to start soon after buying it, which I pretty quickly traced to the neutral switch. They sent me a new one that was the right switch with a different wire fitting. I simply spliced the old fitting onto the new switch and all was well. When Chris at Bradley found out about the fitting, he asked for photos and then sent me a new switch with the right harness. Now I have a spare. So high marks for their after the sale support.
So I have a lawn that my neighbors say looks like Yankee Stadium, and another wide cut mower that should last me into my eighties if I’m still able to walk behind the beast. If you are thinking about making the homeowner jump up to a commercial mower, don’t let the less known brand name scare you away.