Stander vs. Zero Turn

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JMLandscaping, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. JMLandscaping

    JMLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    Hi guys I am looking at a new mower. I do a lot of residential properties where I would not rather use a sit down machine. But I also do some commercial properties (cemeteries, etc) I have not used a sand on mower and was wondering what would you rather operate for a 10 hour day. About 7 hours cutting real tough terrain.

    I am down to an Exmark phazer 34" and similar and

    Gravely Prostance, Toro Grandstand, Wright Stander.

    What would you go with? Price is a large factor.
     
  2. JMLandscaping

    JMLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    Sorry this should probably be in Lawn Maintenance. Missed that.
     
  3. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    At 7 hours of tough cutting, either mower will take it's toll on you. Frankly, if "YOU" are doing the cutting, I'd dump the account and find a bunch of smaller lawns. I dropped my cemetery account and picked up 5 or 6 residentals........ and I'm making more money with less work.
     
  4. JMLandscaping

    JMLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    No I cant dump the account, its good money and with it I only have 2 days of work cutting grass
     
  5. paradise32258

    paradise32258 LawnSite Member
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    go with a stander, wrights are great , less weight shorter wheelbase, great machine
     
  6. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
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    Having owned a couple of Standers, I would recommend them. The sit down will be less tiring if you are mowing smooth surfaces but on rough terrain, I would much rather have a Stander.

    Of the three you mentioned, the Wright Stander is my choice.
     
  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    I understand. However, if your hourly rate is better at the church, than on residentals, you either have a very rich church or very, very poor customers. OTOH, if you are still getting new customers, you need to take anything you can get.
    I would second the stander on rough ground.....
    Pete
     
  8. JMLandscaping

    JMLandscaping LawnSite Member
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    I am looking at $41 an hour after all expenses. fuel, supplies, food, except insurance etc. My residentials are all like 40-50$ cuts 1-2 hour lawns
     
  9. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
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    I took the Grandstand for a short test yesterday and it was impressive. The balance of the machine was good - comparable to my Stander. The back end did kind of swing around but that didn't seem to be a big deal. It weighs in a little more than the Wright but, with the option to walk, that weight is negated.

    There may be some design problems in that the tread plate might wear out quickly and the rubber suspension will probably not hold up forever but overall, I was impressed.

    I still really like my Wright but as dealers are phasing them out in my area, the Grandstand will probably be on my trailers in the future.
     
  10. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why are dealers phasing them out?
     

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