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deere615
01-08-2012, 10:13 PM
Well I have had the mower since June and have put 200hrs on it so I figure its time for a review.I have had and still have an 08 stander RH 48"

The mower I got in June is the Stander X 28". The dealer I went too is a newer dealer here, which is nice because there are alot of Wrights ran in this area and only 2-3 dealers one of which closed up last year. My dealer is A+++ the great me by name every time I walk in! I was one of the first if not the first to get the stander X 48" in my area. I paid $8600 which is a bit high but I feel well worth it.

Its obvious Wright listened to their customers because they changed everything people dislike about the old RH's. The X is a bigger build overall bigger tires which are a huge plus, battery is moved, spring platform, and a bigger Kawasaki engine! My RH always did good on hills but the X does even better! The X is faster and the bigger cushion provides more comfort.

Many people question about these are the deck. With my RH I never had too many problems besides some clumping when mowing wet grass. With the X I can assure you the new deck design is awesome! Perfect cut and hardly every leaves clumps. The floating deck is so much nicer going over objects and rough terrain.

My 3 cons are one the engine being mounted on the floating deck it tends to bounce alot but as time went on I got used to it. When I first got the machine when you shut it off it was back firing. Dealer told me to shut it off at half throttle and I havent had a problem with that since. Last is the most annoying the controls are more touchy and tend to stick making it harder to keep straight lines especially in reverse it has been like this since day one and never loosened up. I heard its just an adjustment from one person but have yet to figure that out so if anyone knows let me know!
Overall this has been the best mower I have ever owned and will buy another when the time comes!

heres 3 videos of mine:

Day I got it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9tqQBvdf-Q

Mowing-striping:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awC32tCtUfI

Speed test-RH vs X
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqkd_lc0X9Y


Any questions ask!

kgflyboy
01-08-2012, 10:20 PM
Did you lower the striping flap, or is it at the original setting?

turfbuilder
01-09-2012, 12:11 AM
Any reason why you chose the 48" over the 52" ?

c2weech
01-09-2012, 12:17 AM
You talked about the motor being mounted on the floating deck that is the thing that worries me most do you think that it can damage the engine over time

or do you think the weight of the motor actually helps to keep the deck from jumping to high?

GreenGiant94
01-09-2012, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the review. What size engine is on yours?

deere615
01-09-2012, 09:33 PM
Did you lower the striping flap, or is it at the original setting?
Nope nothing was changed, wrights stripe very well from the factory, I have never had any striping kit on any of my mowers
Any reason why you chose the 48" over the 52" ?
yes the way they fit on my trailer I can squeeze the 2 21"ers past them without having to take the standers off, plus the other was a 48 so they match when mowing together. For some reason the 48s are much more popular here than 52s my dealer has and still has the same 52 stander X sitting in his showroom since spring all he just doesnt seem to sell them
You talked about the motor being mounted on the floating deck that is the thing that worries me most do you think that it can damage the engine over time

or do you think the weight of the motor actually helps to keep the deck from jumping to high?
Well I was as concerned as you seem when I first got it but after a rough 200hrs it still hasnt given one problem nothing loose or any motor problems. So it was proven fine to me, I dont really think it helps but I dont think it hurts as much as it would seem. I very rarely even raise my deck up when going up the trailer now as the deck glides right up compared to the RH
Thanks for the review. What size engine is on yours?
Yep, 24hp kawasaki, my older RH is a 19hp kawa

kgflyboy
01-09-2012, 10:33 PM
[QUOTE=deere615;4268350]Nope nothing was changed, wrights stripe very well from the factory, I have never had any striping kit on any of my mowers

I see, but I was referring to the one that comes standard on the Stander X. This is unique to the X and is not found on Stander or Stander RH models. It's there whether you put a kit on or not. It is simply a rubber flap bolted to the back of the deck. I just picked up a stander x last week, and noticed that the striper could be adjusted to make better contact with the ground. I see yours is producing a quality cut, so you may not be interested in adjusting it. But, when the mowing season starts, I think I'm going to lower the flap on mine so it makes full contact with the turf. It should produce a more even stripe between the wheel tracks, where most mowers tend to not leave much of a stripe.

deere615
01-09-2012, 10:37 PM
[QUOTE=deere615;4268350]Nope nothing was changed, wrights stripe very well from the factory, I have never had any striping kit on any of my mowers

I see, but I was referring to the one that comes standard on the Stander X. This is unique to the X and is not found on Stander or Stander RH models. It's there whether you put a kit on or not. It is simply a rubber flap bolted to the back of the deck. I just picked up a stander x last week, and noticed that the striper could be adjusted to make better contact with the ground. I see yours is producing a quality cut, so you may not be interested in adjusting it. But, when the mowing season starts, I think I'm going to lower the flap on mine so it makes full contact with the turf. It should produce a more even stripe between the wheel tracks, where most mowers tend to not leave much of a stripe.
Yes I know about the flap, i never even looked to see that is was adjustable, but like I said I never changed anything so its at the factory setting

kgflyboy
01-09-2012, 10:40 PM
yes the way they fit on my trailer I can squeeze the 2 21"ers past them without having to take the standers off, plus the other was a 48 so they match when mowing together. For some reason the 48s are much more popular here than 52s my dealer has and still has the same 52 stander X sitting in his showroom since spring all he just doesnt seem to sell them

It's funny how preferences vary by region. Everyone around here uses 52s and 36s primarily, but If you travel a couple hundred miles in any direction everything changes. For instance, I know in other areas 48s are more common. The same is true for brands. Wright Standers are the most popular commercial mowers around here, at least among the large companies. But if you travel to the other side of the state, nearly everyone is running Exmarks, which are rare here.

ps. Thanks for the review. I watched your videos on youtube before buying my Stander X. I really depend on people like you who post reviews and videos to help me research each time I buy equipment.

deere615
01-09-2012, 11:07 PM
It's funny how preferences vary by region. Everyone around here uses 52s and 36s primarily, but If you travel a couple hundred miles in any direction everything changes. For instance, I know in other areas 48s are more common. The same is true for brands. Wright Standers are the most popular commercial mowers around here, at least among the large companies. But if you travel to the other side of the state, nearly everyone is running Exmarks, which are rare here.

ps. Thanks for the review. I watched your videos on youtube before buying my Stander X. I really depend on people like you who post reviews and videos to help me research each time I buy equipment.

Yes brands do very alot heck just north of me wrights are non existent its this specfic area everyone uses them But the 52/48 is crazy too, I have some friends over in ohio that all they use is 52s no one there has 48s they were telling me its the way houses are built around them and the stripes along the street a 52 is perfect for where as 48s you have to make another pass.
And yes not a problem, I do it because I depend on others for things I buy also!

WJC
01-11-2012, 10:08 PM
[QUOTE=deere615;4267319]

My 3 cons are one the engine being mounted on the floating deck it tends to bounce alot but as time went on I got used to it.

You may want to talk to Wright and find out whether your mower has the redesigned deck lift spring brackets. They took some of the tension off the springs so the deck wouldnt bounce as much.

deere615
01-11-2012, 10:21 PM
[QUOTE=deere615;4267319]

My 3 cons are one the engine being mounted on the floating deck it tends to bounce alot but as time went on I got used to it.

You may want to talk to Wright and find out whether your mower has the redesigned deck lift spring brackets. They took some of the tension off the springs so the deck wouldnt bounce as much.

I guess its not that it bounces its that when it rides over something it comes down hard becasue of the wieght. Its really not a problem like I thought it would be when I got the mower, the stickly controls are my problem.

WJC
01-11-2012, 10:33 PM
I know what you mean about the controls being touchy. You can change the position of the forward rods to make them less touchy but you will sacrifice speed. I tried it on my mower but didnt like how much speed I gave up,So I put them back. Before I bought my mower,I demoed an X with the original deck spring brackets. The mower I bought has the newer brackets and it behaves much better IMO.

deere615
01-11-2012, 10:49 PM
I know what you mean about the controls being touchy. You can change the position of the forward rods to make them less touchy but you will sacrifice speed. I tried it on my mower but didnt like how much speed I gave up,So I put them back. Before I bought my mower,I demoed an X with the original deck spring brackets. The mower I bought has the newer brackets and it behaves much better IMO.

I will have to try changing those rods and see, I will have to check on the brackets to be sure also thanks!

kgflyboy
01-11-2012, 10:56 PM
[QUOTE=deere615;4267319]

My 3 cons are one the engine being mounted on the floating deck it tends to bounce alot but as time went on I got used to it.

You may want to talk to Wright and find out whether your mower has the redesigned deck lift spring brackets. They took some of the tension off the springs so the deck wouldnt bounce as much.

Did you try decreasing the tension of the deck lift springs? I haven't looked at them in detail yet, but they are adjustable. If it's bouncing too much, just decrease the tension.

lawnprosteveo
03-07-2012, 06:18 PM
Im picking up a 52" Stander X tomorrow. Cant wait to put it to work!

deere615
03-07-2012, 09:17 PM
Im picking up a 52" Stander X tomorrow. Cant wait to put it to work!

Good you will like it!

OnTheMarkLandscaping
03-08-2012, 05:11 PM
Just picked up the 52 Stander X today from Bissett out here in Ny. I can tell you compared to my 2009 Stander 42 RH. This thing feels fast. The suspension system added on the feet is much softer on your knees. I just played around going up and down my block and did a few passes on my lawn. No grass growing yet so i couldn't test the cut / striping quality..



Mark

deere615
03-08-2012, 08:08 PM
Just picked up the 52 Stander X today from Bissett out here in Ny. I can tell you compared to my 2009 Stander 42 RH. This thing feels fast. The suspension system added on the feet is much softer on your knees. I just played around going up and down my block and did a few passes on my lawn. No grass growing yet so i couldn't test the cut / striping quality..



Mark

I did a side by side speed test between my 2 and put the video on youtube though it feels alot fast its not too much more. But your right I feel like I can fly and maneuver the X alot faster

OnTheMarkLandscaping
03-08-2012, 09:10 PM
yea i think its only 2-3 MPH .. but still. when we are talking 7mph vs 10mph.. thats a pretty good % faster. and yes the huge tires and the suspension stand mount make the mower just feel smooth. Cant wait to see how she cuts.

priwi
03-17-2012, 11:56 PM
I had the same issues with the controls feeling sticky, my dealer said there was a recall on the hydros and replaced them. Can't wait to try them out, this was on a 2010 x model. As for the stripping I never like how the deck would bounce up when you backed up...I put a scag stripping kit (bolts right on) on it and it produces great lines.
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deere615
03-18-2012, 12:23 AM
I had the same issues with the controls feeling sticky, my dealer said there was a recall on the hydros and replaced them. Can't wait to try them out, this was on a 2010 x model. As for the stripping I never like how the deck would bounce up when you backed up...I put a scag stripping kit (bolts right on) on it and it produces great lines.
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hmm I will have to look into this maybe the wright rep will chime in to confirm it was a recall mine was brought in June 2011

spitfire3416
09-27-2012, 10:50 PM
OP have you had problems with the wheels spinning out at all? Every time, well not every time, but pretty often one wheel always seems to spin out if I back up or turn. Granted it always does it on a hill, wet grass or scarse grass. But when I cut the same lawns and back up or turn in the same spots with other mowers, I don't have a problem. What's funny about that is that I can cut that same lawn with my heavier hustler ride on and bigger tires and no problem. These standers I thought were suppose to alleviate that problem cause there lighter, but it almost seems as if they spin out BECAUSE they're lighter. It's like because it's so much lighter that the mower doesn't seem to have as good of traction with the lawn so the tires spin out easier. IDK I just seem to be having a lot of problems with that. Also it doesn't really seem to give the greatest cut sometimes. Anyone else with this tire spinning out issue?
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deere615
10-01-2012, 08:52 PM
the tires spun a little too much for me one my first stander the RH model. The X is 10x better and yes they will still spin but you just have to know how to work the throttle every grass type is different some I will never spin on so I have to be real careful on turns and hills. As per cut quality never was an issue for me I think the cut quality especially with the new deck is amazing

jimjoy12
10-01-2012, 10:22 PM
The new decks are great> I Think tire spin is a problem on all stander types

Blades Lawn Maintenance
10-01-2012, 11:23 PM
If I had a dealer closer to be I would be demoing one for sure