View Full Version : Which Stander for Starting Out?

12-17-2011, 11:32 PM
Okay guys so im really new on this site and relatively new to the lawn care biz. I am somewhat versed in the snow removal side of things but am considering getting into the lawn care because of demand from my snow clients. Okay so my question is which Stand on mower would best fit my application. I am a small company 3 guys a small trailer and about 25 lawns.

Some of the lawns are rather large the biggest one being 5 acres the next biggest is 2 and the rest are residential 1/4 to 1/2. I have a 36" exmark walk behind but know that i will need to get some new equiptment to handle the larger amount of jobs.

I have my mind set on stander mowers since they are more compact and a little more agile than a rider. I was interested in the GrandStand, the Stander by Wright and am open to suggestions for other appropriate equiptment.

So my main questions are

1. Which mower suits my applications?

2. What size is appropriate?

3. Positives and Negatives of both.

4. What mower is the best for the money?

Okay so please keep in mind that i will probably be looking to expand in the future and would love to be able to do these lawns easily by buying the proper equiptment the first go round.. My budget is about 6.5-7G's for the mower! I could possibly do 8 but would really like to keep it under if all possible... and again i will buy the mower over the winter so i can save a little $

12-18-2011, 11:33 AM
i have used all the standers, and overall the toro has been the best priced, best cut, best handling, best comfort overall.
the john deere quik trak has the best cut, but is alittle heavy, greatdane, gravely, everride are all the same, hold hills pretty darn good and cuts great, but clumps like crazy in the spring and wet conditions, wrights can climb a mountain, cut wasn't that great and left stringer some times, alittle pricey for a mower that can't cut great. scag was a great cut, great ride, controls alittle wierd compared to others but ok, gas tank could be bigger, for the horsepower thay use, and a alittle pricey, but you get what you paid for.

i love my toro grandstand 52''/23hp
1st scag
2nd toro
3rd wright
4th john deere
5th the great dane

go for the scag or toro scag is better overall but toro is alittle cheaper both great mowers

12-18-2011, 08:20 PM
Wow surprised thought that expensive of a mower would have a great cut... They are really popular around me. Anyway ibappreciate the advice and had a few more questions.

1. Can i aerate lawns with a stander I have a pull behind but don't know if it would work.

2. Can I bag with a stander I'm assuming some of my customers will want the grass collected

3. Can I put a lead plow on it?
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12-18-2011, 08:33 PM
I wouldn't invest in a stander with that small amont of yards, it is tooo expensive. For bigger properties two mowers are better one that fits thru all the back yards and a bigger for big stuff. The WB is more cost effective.

12-18-2011, 08:37 PM
i know they make a front aerator, i'm sure you could figure a way to attach it to the rear, but standers don't have a hitch just a platform you stand on. you can buy baggers for the standers, accelerator are the best, but very expensive (400-700) depending on what size you want, there are also other brands you can buy for around 200-300. never heard of a plow on a stander or seen, just don't think standers are made for that kind of work.

wright are the most expensive mowers on the market right now, they just need to figure out a better deck for the price

12-18-2011, 09:32 PM
well i already have a walk behind, and none of my yards have fences so size through gates and such isnt really an issue.. maybe a 48" stander??

Florida Gardener
12-18-2011, 09:43 PM
The tough part is that you have 2 large properties, and the rest small. I would go with the 48 I guess. For 2 and 5 acres, a 60" would be great, but I wouldn't spend that much for 2 properties.
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12-18-2011, 09:56 PM
i really like the 52'' standers. you really don't save that much time using a 60''. 48'' or 52 is your best bet. i never had a problem with scalping with a 52'' and 52 seems to handle the spring and morning dew grass alittle better due to the chute opening being bigger 48 are nice, but i can get my 52 in all my gated yards

12-18-2011, 10:14 PM
We run scag v rides we like them allot. Previously used wright. Scag has been much better for us. Good luck.
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12-18-2011, 11:50 PM
Why do you like the scag's better? just curious! my friend owns a dealership and he can get me a wright or a exmark for a good price. I think im going to get a right 48" or 52"? What do you think? or does 4" really not make that big of a difference

12-19-2011, 03:24 PM
scags got the best cut in any condition exmark and toro are the same mower with different decks, but both seem to cut the same. go exmark before wright, go scag if you can afford the best!!

12-19-2011, 06:56 PM
I think the cut and quality of the machine is better than wright. Plus just as important my scag dealer gives faaaaar better service than my wright dealer.
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12-19-2011, 11:34 PM
I'm obviously a Toro fan, for your situation I would go with either the 52 or 60 Either a Grandstand or Scag

12-25-2011, 06:57 PM
It's interesting to hear everyone recommending different brands of standers. The only standers I see arould here are Wrights. In fact, I don't see many ztr riders anymore because so many are using Wright standers.
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12-25-2011, 09:10 PM
It's interesting to hear everyone recommending different brands of standers. The only standers I see arould here are Wrights. In fact, I don't see many ztr riders anymore because so many are using Wright standers.
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I'm sure each company has it's area of the country they market to more than others, I've yet to see a Wright around here, it's all JD, Toro a few Scag with some Husky and Kubota thrown in, more Toro than anything. I've seen a few standers we're still majority riders.

Florida Gardener
12-25-2011, 09:19 PM
As far as standers go, wright is THE dominant brand down here. I own one myself and have been very happy with it.
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12-25-2011, 11:06 PM
wright 52. same blades as your exmark. You could step up to a 60 since you already have a 36. Exmark has a production chart on their website. It shows you the difference of how much, with how big, in what time.