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Need help/opinions on WB/Stander issue

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Florida Gardener, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Here's the deal

    I have a Toro ZM 48" and a 36" Stander. My problem is the yards I use my stander on(backyards) I am having an issue with "nipples" when making turns b/c there is not a lot of room to change cutting directions and it seems my only option is to go the WB route.

    I have 2 questions regarding this:
    1. My Stander doesn't even have 100 hours and is completely paid off, should I keep it or sell?
    2. What WB should I go with? I want a 32" to be able to get to all backyards and I want something tough and easily adjustable as my Stander is the fixed deck.

    I also need a 21" what are your opinions on what I should get. I want commercial grade. Thanks for your guys' help.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,203

    We got a Snapper Pro 36" last year and like it. It is dual hydro and has adjustable deck and has a brake. The unit is around $3k. It is not as heavy as Scag or Stander but pretty solid. It has greasable spindles from top and all the deck hinge point are greasable.
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Get a Lesco 32" super light and cheap as soon as it drys up you'll be using the stander again. I don't have any issues with the stander leaving marks. If its really tight I just mow in reverse like between the house and fence I can't turn around easily in some places.
  4. unknown, you dont have any yards(back or front) that you end up cutting in the same spots b/c there is not many ways to make a turn??
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Like same path every cutting? Yea I do if that was the question. Sometimes I don't turn I just go forwards and backwards without turning saves time and doesn't leave the turning ring in the grass like if you were to do a turn using the outside wheel only.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,203

    We have that problem also with Sentar 36" and that is why we are moving away from those type of units. Can't ride on a 36" unit and NOT smash down the sod/soil.
  7. ed, what is the size difference(tires) b/t a stander and a w/b?
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,203

    Tires about same size or larger on Sentar but the added weight of the rider seems to cause the problem. But that Sentar is jumpy on turns and there is a little less turning damage. I think that when the guys are riding they tend to go over stuff more times than when they are walking. And customers don't like see us riding around in little yards and some have asked us to go back to the dreaded 21".
  9. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,449

    I have a lot of yards like that so I know your problem. I use a 36" Gravely w/b and encounter the same issue. Not much you can do other than rake out the marks. I have this problem with the easement strips of grass that are too thin to change cutting directions on.
  10. sdk1959

    sdk1959 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 909

    Instead of a 21" commercial mower I go with this 230Lb 30" American Made commercial walk-behind mower by Sarlo in the link below model 1030-3SPSW:


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