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clayslandscape
03-12-2012, 06:21 AM
I am in the market for a Grandstand mower. I have finally found 2 different ones. I would like to get your opinion on which one to purchase. I need to get this ASAP as I have started mowing.

OPTION 1:
NEW FROM DEALER 2010 40" Grandstand. 2 hours. $6800
I can get toro financing with this 0%for 24 months.

OPTION 2:
2011 36" Grandstand Mower. 94.5 hours. Mulching Kit. $5000
I have cash to be able to purchase this.

Thank you all for your opinion!

mowerbrad
03-12-2012, 07:12 AM
I don't have any experience with the Grandstand but from other users I have hear that the 40" deck tends to clump/clog often since it is such a small deck and yet still has 3 blades.

But judging by the info you gave, the 36" looks like the better choice for you, I mainly say this because you can actually pay cash for the machine and don't have to finance.

clayslandscape
03-12-2012, 10:48 PM
any more opinions?

mark123
03-13-2012, 04:21 AM
I owned a Turboforce 40" deck and returned it before it was 2 weeks old. Ask for a demo if you'd like but get it in writing that they'll take it back if you don't like it. I replaced it with a 36" deck and am happy with it.

http://lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=318963

I really can't believe they're still selling the 40".

tglasslawncare
03-13-2012, 09:37 AM
Neither. I would do at least a 48" much better on hills and banks. I was told that the 36 and 40 are not stable on slopes to narrow. I have had mine 48 for 3 years love it. Buying a 52 next.

clayslandscape
03-13-2012, 10:37 AM
Neither. I would do at least a 48" much better on hills and banks. I was told that the 36 and 40 are not stable on slopes to narrow. I have had mine 48 for 3 years love it. Buying a 52 next.

I have a 48" toro already. I need a smaller mower for the areas I cut in many of the residential areas.

tglasslawncare
03-13-2012, 10:46 AM
Okay. I'm told the 40" is better than the 36" on hills. Not sure it matters if you have the 48". Good luck.

edensgate7
03-13-2012, 04:18 PM
I never looked at that small of models as I have a 52 and a 60. My 52 is a 2010 with the bearing housings mounted under the deck. My 60 is a 2011 whith the bearing housings mounted above the deck. The 52 usually is more of a pain to scrape than the 60 so look for the one with the bearing housings mounted above the deck and should be easier to scrape

IRRITECH
03-15-2012, 08:16 PM
This may not be helpful to your situation, but we run a 40" grandstand and it is an absolute POS. Brand new machine ( <500 hrs). It is slow, unstable, controls are awkward, way to heavy for small areas and huge tires WILL tear up turf. I can't comment on any other Grandstand, but the 40 is one of the worst mowers I have ever used. My experience, 20+ years. Save your money.

BestImpressions99
03-16-2012, 12:03 PM
Would have to agree with the lower half Clay. 48" at least due to hills, etc. We have one and it's great. If the 2 you mentioned are the only options, go with the larger deck. I have owned 44" toros for decades (literally, our oldest one that's about to retire is 20 years old) and they have no problem clumping.

mark123
03-16-2012, 06:14 PM
Would have to agree with the lower half Clay. 48" at least due to hills, etc. We have one and it's great. If the 2 you mentioned are the only options, go with the larger deck. I have owned 44" toros for decades (literally, our oldest one that's about to retire is 20 years old) and they have no problem clumping.
I believe the 44" was the Super Flow System deck. I don't recall them ever having the clumping issue. The clumping seems to be an issue with the Turboforce decks especially the 40" version.