View Full Version : Please chime in. 34" stander or 36" hydro wb?

JSW Development
02-06-2012, 09:51 PM
I'm torn. I need to add another mower for our small residential clients and our commercial clients with small grass areas.

I'm limited to 36" due to gate sizes.

I have some 52" great Danes that we use for larger commercial accounts and we love them. I'm worried about rutting and traction with the small tires on the smaller stander, but i think it would be more productive than the wb with a caster sulky. Maybe I'm wrong though, I've never owned a hydro wb.

The stander is 3600, the wb is 3000. Both are new but older model years.

Which would you choose?

02-06-2012, 11:24 PM
34 if its between those two. But if you really want to guarantee you'll get into 95% of your residential go with a 32.

02-06-2012, 11:35 PM
A W/B won't rut like a Stander!

Exact Rototilling
02-06-2012, 11:39 PM
If my memory is correct a Wright stander 32 weighs less than a Gravely 34 stander.
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JSW Development
02-06-2012, 11:52 PM
I can only get the 3600 deal for the Great Dane unit. I like my other great dane, so the brand isn't an issue.

JSW Development
02-07-2012, 01:24 AM
Any other feedback? Words of wisdom?

02-07-2012, 08:12 AM
Any other feedback? Words of wisdom?

I have a 36 Ferris Hydro, it works great for me, one of the things that I found interesting is that not all 36's are 36, the same goes for other sized mowers. There is more to size than cutting width. I have a couple of narrow arbors that I squeeze through and some pretty hilly properties, I cannot image have any kind of rider on some of the hills I have to deal with - hope that helps.

Florida Gardener
02-07-2012, 09:30 AM
I own a 36 wright stander and a 32 ferris hydrocut. I haven't used the ferris yet but can tell you the wright is my main workhorse. If you have all yards that are 1/4 of cutting or less I would say go with the wb. If you have stuff 1/3-1 acre def go with the stander. Depending on backyards, I would get the 36" Wright.
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JSW Development
02-07-2012, 12:10 PM
Yeah I never thought of it as far as size of lots. I have some ROW that I maintain too and the stander would help get the trim work done faster. Thanks for the feedback.
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02-07-2012, 02:10 PM
The stander has a smaller footprint/length than most wb's (especially with a castored sulkey) so it should be quite useful when in tight confines.

Only you know if your soils (and rainfall potential) are more or less prone to rutting of which the heavier mower will contribute. The stander will weigh more...and will weigh even more w/ the operator's weight added in.

IMO, the smaller standers are not utilizing wide-enough tires for the given weight of the machine + operator. Obviously to attain an adequate trim-side the manufacturers need to make allowances.

02-07-2012, 02:28 PM
the 34 dane will rut like crazy. I had a prostance in a 34 and it was bad. Also, the sulkys rut too. Dane use to make a batwing 52 that folded up to a 36 to go through gates. I'm not sure how old of units you're looking at. The prostance use to spin wheels and everything to get up hills.

02-07-2012, 09:47 PM
Hydro walk-behind without a doubt

02-07-2012, 10:33 PM
We only run Wright standers and sentars. We love them.

02-08-2012, 12:29 AM
I have a 34 Great Dane and that sucker ruts every little rain we get. It sucks but what can you do.

JSW Development
02-08-2012, 12:38 AM
So I take it you don't like it mad87?

02-08-2012, 08:41 AM
I have a 34 Great Dane and that sucker ruts every little rain we get. It sucks but what can you do.

I think the only way you could legitmately compare any rider to a wb is ground type. If you have hard ground then it is a matter of lot size, so they you can compare all sorts of things, if you have soft ground the only reason you would get a rider is if you like rutting!

Exact Rototilling
02-08-2012, 04:16 PM
BOP Q32 dually.