Originally Posted by jbell36
well since you're asking us what you can do to improve anything, why did you guys take the scalp wheels off the grandstand deck? i know the front wheels and back wheels are close but i can think of a few situations where the edge of the deck will dig into the ground, where if you had scalp wheels there would be no problem? even your 36" mowers have scalp wheels on them, i just don't understand...it's really the only thing holding me back from buying a few
A very good question, jbell36, in fact you are not the only one to ask. If you saw the concept machine that Toro unveiled at GIE+EXPO 2007, you may know that the original design actually did contain anti-scalp rollers on the cutting deck. In order to obtain feedback on the design, we placed prototype machines (built with the anti-scalp rollers) in the hands of several landscape contractors. The contractors who used the prototypes overwhelmingly suggested that we remove the anti-scalp rollers in order to decrease the length of the machine and keep it as compact as possible.
We built another fleet of prototypes without anti-scalp rollers (along with a number of other recommended changes) in order to verify that the performance didn't suffer without them. Through testing at our product evaluation facilities and extended placement in the field with landscape professionals, we found that the anti-scalp rollers were not required on the GrandStand (due in part to what you said about the tires being closer to the deck). At the same time, the cleaner, more compact design was universally appreciated.
Based upon the outstanding guidance that we received from a number of very insightful landscape contractors, we are quite confident in the performance of the machine. I don't believe the absence of anti-scalp rollers should deter you from purchasing the GrandStand, but if you haven't done so already, I encourage you to arrange for a personal demo in order to verify the performance meets your own expectations. If you are not already doing business with a particular Toro dealer, you can visit www.toro.com/smooth
and use the Toro Commercial Dealer locator to find a commercial dealer that will have a demo unit on hand. You also mentioned you may have an interest in buying a few machines, so make sure you ask your dealer about special fleet pricing that is currently available. Thank you for your inquiry and best wishes for a successful season.
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