Stander demo - Gravely, Exmark, John Deere, Scag, Toro, and Wright

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by mag360, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Got a look at the 52 and 61 pro stance side by side as well as the new platform and foot pedal.
    These were taken just this afternoon.

    Starting with the length comparison. You can see that the larger deck is mounted closer to the rear tires to help keep traction and, I assume, to help keep the overall length of the machine down.

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  2. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    It looks like the track width remains the same for both machines and I expect it's the same on the 48 as well with a centered deck. The 61 gains plenty of trim edge which presents a scalping risk but the foot pedal deck lift should offset that. Lift on the fly is a real turfsaver on any machine and is probably the most important feature of the pro stance for me.

    My initial impulse is to want a slightly wider track for the wider deck. I doubt the zt3400 units could be spaced out but a deeper rim might add an inch or two on each side if the shafts can handle it. That would still leave plenty of trim edge but would get things flat over on the discharge side like the 48 and 52. That arrangement really helps avoid gouging turf at the bottom of an incline whether you're mowing straight across or at an angle. It might be the best of both worlds. I'm guessing the rear track is about 47 inches across but we'll take some measurements on Friday when we have them all side by side.

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  3. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    New foot pedal is larger and the geometry is better so it tales less effort to lift the deck.

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  4. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Deck adjustment looks easily doable in the field.

    Leaning pad folds down for access to the battery and hydro oil reservoirs. Doesn't look too bad to jumpstart.

    Oil drain and filter are pretty easy to access.

    Also the deck belt doesn't look too hard to replace but the hydro drive belt may be a tough job. I'll look harder on Friday - I think there's a removable panel on the back to get to it.

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  5. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Interesting thread looking forward to see how everything goes
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    I posted a review a few minutes apart from GMLC last year on the Pro Stance I demo'd. I really liked it, and it is built for stout. The cut was awesome and that was with the old style deck. It handled great (though I was shaky on it, with it being my first stander), and I liked the large front tires. IMO, they helod prevent turf scuffing. It was so dry here last summer that almost anything would tear the turf, but I didn't get any with the PS I demo'd. I'll be watching this thread to see what you experience and/or buy.
     
  7. Ridin' Green

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  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Where are the Oil coolers or the Hydro Coolers I don't see any in the photos
     
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    The one I had had the oil cooler on the back side of the engine away from where any clippings and dust would get at it easily, and if you look at the pics above, you can clearly see the "grill" in the engine compartment over each hydro fan.
     
  10. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    There is an oil cooler on the engine and the unitized hydros have cooling fans on top of the drive pulleys. There are cooling fins and plenty of surface area on the case as well. I don't think there is a separate cooler for the hydro oil.
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