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grassman177
02-12-2011, 08:53 PM
the only drawback we could find to the toro was lifting up the front end for us bigger fellas:cool2:

i decided to get a chunk of steel at 30lbs weight to start off with(it was cheap) and see if it would be nough to eliminate the light front end.

so, got it cut and drilled, painted her up and mounted to the front .

what do you guys think?

corey4671
02-12-2011, 09:08 PM
think maybe yer fat arses need to lose some weight LOL!!

grassman177
02-12-2011, 09:10 PM
that is not in question, but true. either way, there is not enough counterweight on the fronts after being used to the perfect balance of the wright standers for so many years.

Clark Griswold
02-12-2011, 09:44 PM
You need to move it over to the right just a smidge!

FinerCutslawnCare
02-12-2011, 10:39 PM
How much is the weight kit if you bought it from toro? Might steal your idea when we get one this spring.

grassman177
02-12-2011, 10:59 PM
over $100, and that is for only a 17lb weight, additional $$ for more identical weights to add up to more wieghts

it is off on center? i put it back exactly where the previous marks were, as the front engine protecive sheild brackets are what hold it on, just like the factory one. it is centered but the camera angle is not straight on and is decieving.

hondarancher4435
02-12-2011, 11:20 PM
looks pretty good

flatlander42
02-12-2011, 11:42 PM
It sucks that you have to add weight. Weight is what should be avoided!

It does look fine tho.

corey4671
02-13-2011, 12:07 AM
that is not in question, but true. either way, there is not enough counterweight on the fronts after being used to the perfect balance of the wright standers for so many years.

I was just jerking with ya. I know when I've seen the Grandstands the first thing that came to mind was that it looked like there would be a lot of weight out there on the back with the way it was set up.

tstutz
02-13-2011, 12:10 AM
looks good to me.

cvcook
02-13-2011, 12:55 AM
Looks pretty good to me........btw, how much do you weigh to need these?

grassman177
02-13-2011, 12:57 AM
thanks guys, and although there is alot of weight out back(which actually gives you more rear wheel traction) it is not all that bad, but i mow some really steep slopes and i know it would handle from the demo, but anybody over 200lbs should really have some counterweight if they are mowing slopes.

i think of it more of a customizing thing, as in contrast, i got amazing traction on wright mowers since i am heavier than the other guys who had trouble on slopes cause they did not have enough weight over the tires. there was no adjustabililty there really, but with the grandstand there is, i just did not want to pay so much for it!

end cost of this is about $25, but others will cost about $37 a piece as i was lucky and got this as scrap metal, and might not have that luxury next time.

pretty cheap really

grassman177
02-13-2011, 12:59 AM
i am currently at a nice round 255 lbs or so, but will drop at leasy 25 lbs when the season breaks out. i always gain alot in my very non active winters!!!

DLAWNS
02-13-2011, 01:03 AM
The weights look good man. I like the way you did it. It looks like you can just easily add on if you need to add more weight. :clapping:

cvcook
02-13-2011, 01:06 AM
You weigh about 30# more than me, when I demoed a vantage, I could see someone heavier than me having that problem w/ it, but it definately would help on traction

grassman177
02-13-2011, 11:13 AM
The weights look good man. I like the way you did it. It looks like you can just easily add on if you need to add more weight. :clapping:

yes, i got a big longer bolts than needed to replace the stock ones. it would not take much from there to fine tune it with much thnner sheet of metal cut to the same specs. maybe like a 10 lbs addition or something.

i wont tell until i get to mow with it for a bit. that wont be for at least another 5 weeks.

grassman177
02-13-2011, 11:17 AM
yeah exactly, and our lighter crew guys i dont think will need additional weights on the mowers, but not a biggie if they do. this is my mower, i always claim a certain mower and the other guys on my crew get to choose from the other two.

every machine is numbered for maint and damage control. guys also pick which one they like to use so it is easy to keep track of, provided you do daily checks on the machines . seriously as much as it is a pain, i am gonna have to check machines more thoroughly as some of the guys(never of course got any admission) did tear up a few machines last year. nothing super major, but avoidable .

delphied
02-13-2011, 11:17 AM
It sucks that you have to add weight. Weight is what should be avoided!

It does look fine tho.

I weigh 220 and dont need any weights on my 48 Grandstand. To each his own.

grassman177
02-14-2011, 12:57 AM
i sure a sheck do, and mow some very serious inclines that only a wright could do before, but this wont go up the incline so weight is needed. it depends on what you mow, a short steep incline not so bad, these i mow are very long inclines going up

robertsturf
02-14-2011, 11:25 AM
Im with delphied I weigh about 210 and have owned a GS since 09 and have not needed a weight kit at all. We mow some serious hills too!

brucec
03-24-2011, 01:46 PM
Is that 1x4 or 1x6 piece. I'm going to make one for my GS. Thanks!