Stand on or traditional seated ZTR?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Keene Landscaping, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Keene Landscaping

    Keene Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I have worked in the landscape/mowing trade for aroung 5-6 years and am planning on starting my own venture this spring. However, I cannot decide if I want stand on or sit down mower. I will only be marketing to residential this year but commercial properties are in the future. I was just wondering the advanages and disadvantages between sitting and standing. I have hundreds of hours on Hustler, Exmark, and Dixie Chopper and am curious why people go with stand-ons and the benefits that come with a stand-on vrs sit down.
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a Toro Gramdstand and I like it. I do a lot of slopes that I simply would ride on. Also you can pick up a stick eaiser.
     
  3. Keene Landscaping

    Keene Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Okay, so with that being said if you only had one main mower for residential properties would you rather have a stand on or seated?
     
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Personally Id rather have a Stand On. However most fellers ride.
     
  5. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a wright stander because I have big steep hills. My sit down can't even do any of these hills it would slide or roll 100%. Nothing beats a stand on for hills. Easy to get off and on. The only reason I have a sit down is because It does long straight lines a bit better and it's 12 mph while my stander is 8 mph The wright ZK is 13.5 mph tho. It's a beast
     
  6. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Stand ins are easy to get off and on for obstacles like branches , dog toys etc
     
  7. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Stand on for residential properties. You could even look at the Ferris Evolution or the Wright Sport if you want a stand on/sit-down hybrid.
     
  8. Keene Landscaping

    Keene Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Not familiar with the Wright Sport. Checked them out and it looks like a good idea, do you own one? if so how do you like it?
     
  9. BossPlowMaster

    BossPlowMaster LawnSite Member
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    Have you thought about walk behinds? I think thats what I am after now.
     
  10. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a Turf Tiger and V-Ride and I prefer the V-Ride for the reasons listed above. If the property is 2+ acres open cutting, I prefer the TT for a slight speed advantage and straighter lines.

    Be aware that standers can take a toll on your knees just as ZTRs can take a toll on your back.
     

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