View Full Version : 36 Wright Stander ???'s

02-28-2008, 11:04 PM
I am in the market for a 36in stander, and I had a few questions for the pro's.

1. Are any of you running the 15 hp Kaw having issues not having enough power for hills and thick turf? The 17hp elec start is availible, I just didn't know if it was necessary?

2. How does the cut quality compare to its larger brothers (48,52,61in Standers), and or other 36in walk-behinds?

3. Do any of you use it as your primary mower? I mow small residential lots, I will be using this as my primary work horse and wanted to make sure it is reliable.

4. Any other comments on this mower would be appreciated.


02-28-2008, 11:58 PM
No one? I know some of you are running this machine???

02-29-2008, 01:29 AM
I have one and also walk behinds. I use the stander 80% of the time.

02-29-2008, 01:33 AM
If I would not have bought a miniz, I would have gone with a stander, and I still might when I go for a bigger mower.

02-29-2008, 07:40 AM
I have 2 36" standers we use them as the primary mowers everyday without problems.

02-29-2008, 09:47 AM
Are you guys using the 15 horse Kawi? Does it have enough power???

02-29-2008, 10:27 AM
I have a 36" fixed deck Stander with the 17 hp engine. I mow residential, 95% less than 1/4 acre, many hilly, and I use the Stander about 60% of the time. I use an old 36" walkbehind or a 21" on about 5% of the accounts (really small gates or really steep hills), and a 48" Lazer Z HP for the other 35%.

The 36" Stander will make an excellent primary mower, so long as you stick to small lots. If I had a 48" or 52" Stander in place of the Z, I would probably use it 50%+ of the time, but the Z is slow to turn on hills, hard to maneuver on small lots, and can tear up the ground when braking and turning on slopes.

The 17 hp engine is more than adequately powerful for mowing even tall grass. I've only have it begin to bog down when mowing deep piles of leaves. The 13 hp single cylinder Honda engine on my walkbehind is inadequate even for mowing at 3 mph; I have no experience with the 15 hp Kawasakis. The 17 is an awfully expensive option, however. If you look at Wright's price list, it looks like they price the 36" 15 hp Standers and Velke mowers more aggressively than the rest of the lineup.

Are you planning on mulching? The 17 hp would definitely be necessary.

Cut is similar to my walkbehind if I mow at slower walk-behind speeds--at full speed, the cut can suffer a bit, but it is okay.

The Wright's reliability is very good. The fixed deck also has less moving parts than the average Z, so you can't knock the deck out of level. I've had no problems in 2 years, except for some spindle damage from running over a 10 lbs dumbell (painted green!) in tall grass. The Wright sliced it in half--didn't even kill the engine--but it bent both blades (brand new that morning). I put on new blades, and it ran with no vibrations, but the sealed ball bearing started squeaking within an hour or two. Not too hard or expensive of a fix, though. I don't know if greasible roller bearing could have survived the trauma, however.

The bushings for the casters seem to wear pretty quickly. You need to keep them well greased.

02-29-2008, 11:47 AM
We do have the 36" 15 kaw Stander here in KC and use it primarily where we can't get our 52" Standers. They mow fine. How much are you going to pay for it. If you don't mind driving 2 hrs I can put you in touch with a guy that is selling them for $3700.00. New!!

02-29-2008, 12:15 PM
We use a 15hp 36" Stander on small and tight places. It gets used maybe 5-10 hours a week. It has good power. The cut is just as good as the 52" Standers we run. I really wish they made the 36" Stander with 3 blades instead of two, it would be so much more maneuverable. I don't like having the trim side so far away from the rear tire.

02-29-2008, 01:06 PM
Thanks for all the above replies, I think im gonna have to throw down some $$$ this weekend. Do the 36in Wrights also have the 9mph cut speed?

02-29-2008, 01:25 PM
We do have the 36" 15 kaw Stander here in KC and use it primarily where we can't get our 52" Standers. They mow fine. How much are you going to pay for it. If you don't mind driving 2 hrs I can put you in touch with a guy that is selling them for $3700.00. New!!

I live in Lawrence, KS and was wondering where that dealer is located?

02-29-2008, 02:37 PM
Do the 36in Wrights also have the 9mph cut speed?

Nope. Only 7.5 mph. (Less for the 32".) The larger frame Standers go 8.4. On small yards, you rarely go 70 ft without turning around; and it takes about 6-8 ft to get up to speed or to stop, so they are fast enough.

02-29-2008, 04:23 PM
Try Furgusonturf.com. Ask for Kevin (owner) He was really good to deal with. I believe they have 49/19 Standers for 4900.00. Check there web-site.

02-29-2008, 04:25 PM
Sorry spelled the web-site address wrong should be fergusonturf.com

03-02-2008, 09:57 PM
I still can't decide if I want to pop for the 17 horse Kawasaki. The yards I mow are always super thick and grow like crazy. Are any of you mulching with the 15 horse? Also, I haven't really pressured the sales guy for prices, are any of you getting lower than the sale price they give?

03-02-2008, 11:24 PM
Anyone? Im probably gonna put down some $$$ this week, im so ready for spring!

S man
03-03-2008, 12:21 AM
I'm going with a 32" stander with the 15 hp to go with my 34" phazer. The guy who owns it said the 15 hp has plenty of power and cuts great. so I guess the 15 will be fine. Hope this helps.

03-03-2008, 10:31 AM
I looked into the 32 but was concerned with the smaller rear tires leaving ruts in the yard. Have you heard of any problems like that? My dealer has a used 32in with 90 hours on it, I might have to look into it...

03-03-2008, 01:42 PM
Tires (32" vs. 36"):

If you search this forum, you will find many people who complained about how the original 36" Stander (The pre-2006--some of which fergturf had for sale--had 18x6.5-8 tires, while the new 36"s have 18x8.5-8 tires) was prone to cause rutting, which is probably one of the reasons that Wright redesigned the small Standers. However, many other manufactures of subcompact mowers (Exmark, Encore, the new 34" Great Dane/Gravely/Scorpion stand-on) use the 6.5" wide tires. I have a 8.5" wide-tire 36", and I have minimal rutting problems. I run 8 psi. The low pressure helps with rutting, but makes the mower feel less responsive. I may wear out the tires faster.


You are shopping for a Stander 3 months too late, I'm afraid. You could have gotten a 17 hp in November for only a bit more than you'll pay for a 15 hp now. Wright has a seasonal pricing program ("Channel Partner Discount", price list see http://dealers.wrightmfg.com/rightwright.pdf#zoom=120,85,45). Our local Wright dealer is advertising 36" 15 hp Standers for $5099; the Channel Partner program list the selling price as $4990. You order them from the factory, so it takes a while to get one.

I bought my Stander used, so I have not dealt with the pricing program. Does anyone know if dealers can/will discount from the Channel partner price?

03-03-2008, 04:17 PM
Im thinking about getting the same mower they look great and i was amazed at the price i thought they would be alot more expencive good luck.

03-03-2008, 07:15 PM
Olde Blue are you running the 15 Kaw on yours? Hows the power? I was gonna mulch, but I think I'm just gonna buy a set of Gators.

03-04-2008, 11:33 AM
I have the 17 hp. It is more than enough power; it can go through very tall, thick grass at full speed, and seems only a little strained when mulching up piles of leaves. I mostly side discharge with Gator magnums; I also bag with a jerry-rigged cloth bagger I had bought for my walkbehind.

I'ld worry less about the 15 hp's power if you go with a 32"--it has a 3" smaller cut (32.5" vs. 35.5" for the 36"), almost 10% less.

If your are really worried about power, cost, and ability to fit though gates, you may want to look at the Great Dane/Gravely/Scorpion 34". It is 1" narrower than the 36" Wright (35.5"), comes standard with a 19 hp Kawasaki (It looks like a canister air filter, too), and is supposed to go 9 mph. I thought I saw one advertised for around $4700. However, it is quite a bit longer, less well balanced, and looks like it does not run synthetic hydro oil. It is also brand new, while the Wright has a track record.

03-06-2008, 02:08 AM
I bought the guy in Texas out of standers in the 36" and 52". I think he said he had 1 more 48" left. I'm considering selling them however so anyone thinking of buying one maybe we can get together.