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Old 04-15-2013, 05:59 PM
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Stander vs. Ztr....

Just curious to who run standers as their main mower opposed to a ZTR. What are the pros and cons of the stander and what made you choose it over a ZTR?
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:17 PM
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I use a stander I also ran a demoed a ztr before I brought the stander. Ztrs are faster bigger heavier more expensive. The stander are compact more agile and a little slower than a ztr but who cuts grass at 12 mph. I love my vantage reasons I brought it was it is better on my back and has a much smaller footprint on my trailer. The ztr I tried beat me to death there was no way I could use it all day.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:31 PM
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I hope to go over to a stander by the end of the year. The ZTR is good at mowing and bagging but is pretty heavy. For everyday mowing id love a stander. And for the spring and fall cleanups id switch over to the ZTR for its bagging capabilities
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:32 PM
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Standers are cheaper on business property tax and repair cost. Also I can see through high grass easier for trash.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:33 PM
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You can get a accelerator aluminum bagger for it the exmark a at least
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:14 PM
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I have exmark vantages. Have not even picked them up yet. I had a Deere z950 with a 60 MOD deck. For the most part it did OK. I think for the types of properties I cut standers are more efficient. I also have navigator for bagging. With some know how you can put a bagger on the back of a stander.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:26 PM
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I own a ZTRs and I mow over 12 mph. I mow big lawns. I'm on my mowers from 15min to 7 hrs straight
Stand on production is very low
ZTR production is higher, Unless you are doing postage stamp lawns

I know one guy bought into the ideal of the Wright standers and after 5-6 years he went back to a ZTR. His back and knees was killing him from riding the stand on mowers
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:22 PM
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I currently run a 60 inch ZTR but am currently throwing around the idea of buying a stander and new ZTR... I need the Stander for smaller lawns that I have been using my ZTR on but shouldn't be.... I like the idea of not having to walk behind a mower. I have a walk behind mower and I will do anything to not have to get it off the trailer.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:25 PM
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in my opinion and in my experience a stander is much more productive than a sit down ztr. I can get on and off my grandstand much quicker than a sit down ztr should I need to move an object, pick up an object. I can get closer to objects such as trees, light posts, etc which means less trimming. there is no fatigue from sitting for extended periods of time.

it only took me a week of having a sit down ztr to figure all this out. I will definitly be sticking with standers from here on out. no sit down ztr for me.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:28 PM
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We run both and each have their place. We have already seen the limitation of a heavy ztr when it got stuck in a field and had to be pulled out by our stander. 1200 lbs vs 850 is a big difference on soft ground. I think every business should have at least 1 ZTR for speed and wide open mowing but for most of our properties a stander is more efficient. It weighs less and is more compact, which means you can put more of them on a trailer and put them on lawns that you wouldn't put a ZTR on. Visibility is good and you can jump on and off quicker. The downfall to standers is they will kill your knees if you already have knee problems. The same could be said for a ZTR and back problems. When we go to a second crew it will be 52" and 36" standers only.
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