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Stander vs Zero

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Fwilamosky, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    this thread really took off but i haven't fully decided which i like more since i have only used lazers but i plan on demoing a stand on when i decided to buy another mower. feel free to continue to post your opinions on the mowers as it's always more helpful for everyone reading. thanks
  2. Sorry about the spelling(iPhone). Also lazer is faster 10-12 mph depending on which one you get. Most of the people telling you to get a stander don't own and use both like I do. The vantage is really just a back up mower because I don't like it. Sure you can mow some hills with the vantage, but a lazer is better. And a walkbehind even better
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  3. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Thanks for that input. I just talked to a buddy who runs a 52" Z and he has a bad of a back as I do. He said I'd be crazy to go stander over Z. However, he said he wishes he had a 48 for some gates here and there. I don't have any postage stamp sized jobs, mostly corner lots and up to 4 acres for one. It's going to come down to the deal I get in the morning, but I think I'm leaning 48 Z.

    Edit: I also have some wicked rough areas with choppy hillsides, ditches and stuff. This turns me to the Z for the deck adjust on the fly with the foot.
  4. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Yeah, I got very frustrated with the vantage while demoing and got my 36 Viking off the trailer and went to town. I can work the Viking like an ape on a banana tree, steep hills and all.

    Since I can only buy one, I will go Z with my Viking as my backup. This way I have best of both worlds.
  5. I also had a Viking 48". It would mow any hill. Probably better than a 36" because it's a lot wider. A 36" would be great for gated yards though. Wish I had a 36. If you have a bad back check out ferris if you have a dealer. Amazing smooth ride, and the icd deck cuts like a scag deck
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  6. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    No ferris here but there is Grasshopper and I've thought about buying a 223 52" for roughly 1,000 less than Exmark. Grasshopper has an in frame suspension system and has identical specs as the z except it's maybe 1 mph slower.
  7. My buddy just bought a grasshopper and it is way smoother than my exmark. Close to a ferris, but nothing has suspension like a ferris does. Grasshoppers are great mowers.
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  8. In fact you almost never hear anything negative at all about grasshoppers. Too bad they don't make walkbehinds too.
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  9. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    If you could swap your Exmark for a hopper would you do it after riding your friend's?
  10. edensgate7

    edensgate7 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    I'm going to take a risk here and hopefully not get my head bit off but be careful with buying a grasshopper. I ran one for 4 yrs from 99-03 and we had problems with mounts and bearing going bad quicker than what they should have in my opinion. Make sure you get info on warrantees. Just an opinion based on 4 yrs experience in early 2000s so don't take it as all -knowing about the way they are now in 2012

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