Super Surfer or Stander

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jpauly, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. jpauly

    jpauly LawnSite Member
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    Hello,

    I am in the market for a standing mower to increase my productivity. Most of my accounts are residential behind small gates. I am considering a 36" and am trying to decide on the Great Dane SS or Wright Stander. Both machines seem to be excellent quality and very rugged. I am a big guy (6' 3", 230lbs). I have a dealer for each brand in my area but really want some unbiased opinions on both of these mowers. I currently use a 21" mower :( and need to upgrade to speed up my productivity.

    JP
     
  2. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    Why are you looking at getting a stander? I would be looking to get a Gateway, or w/b with a flex deck. That will give you the ability to get through narrow gates, but also give you a wider cut.
     
  3. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My dealer carries both. However, he is thinking of dropping the Great Dane line because it is extremely difficult to get parts for them. I have a 61" 25Kawi Sentar and am completely happy with it.
     
  4. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
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    We have 2 Standers....23hp kawi, 52" and love them
     
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree with mowerman, great danes are great till they break. Getting parts for them is a joke, it takes forever. Id say go with anything else, unless you can afford to be down any time you need a paart, and a common one, like a pulley or a pto clutch. I wanted to have blade belts just in case, and am still waiting for them.
     
  6. jpauly

    jpauly LawnSite Member
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    I was looking at a stading mower because of the speed and maneuverability. I thought about a WB but would rather ride then walk.

    Have the parts availability issues with GD been addressed since Deere took over? Has GD always had a parts problem or only since Deere took over. Sometimes with new management, problems can occur until the dust settles.

    Does anyone have any experience with Wright mowers?
     
  7. I have a 36” and a 52” Stander. They’ve been really great though Stand-On riders are not for everyone. Although from what you're looking for, they would be just the ticket. I haven’t had any experience with GD other than looking at them at a dealer, including the John Deere version.

    You should do a search for these machines on this website if you haven’t already. There is thread after thread that talks about the differences, pros and cons. I read them before I bought my first one. In the off-season when people have more time and energy, a topic like this would have started a fight, LOL.
     
  8. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    If you want to ride, then get a sulky. A 36" stander is probably just as, or more expensive than a 36" walk behind with a flex deck and sulky. With the 36" walk behind coupled with the flex deck you get over 4' of cutting swath.
     
  9. Of course you should demo any mower before you buy. Your accounts will be a major influence on your decision. A 36” WB with a Sulky, couldn’t even dream of being as productive as a 36” Stander. Add a Flex-Deck and that’s another story. Certainly on accounts with a narrow back gate and a large open back-yard, that combo would be productive. But if there are very many tight spots or obstacles, then the Stander would be faster.
     
  10. nor'easter1

    nor'easter1 LawnSite Member
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    I AM ALSO A VERY BIG GUY 280 POUNDS AND GOING DOWN. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IS THE COMFORT ON THE SUPER SURFER VS STANDER. ON THE SURFER YOU STAND ON A SPRING LOADED GRATE FOR LACK OF A BETTER DESCRIPTION. ON THE WRIGHT IT IS A THIN PIECE OF STEEL THAT HAS VERY LITTLE PLAY AND YOUR HEEL WILL REST ON AN IRON BAR GOING ACROSS THE BACK OF THE PLATFORM HITING YOUR HEEL ALL DAY LONG. DANE HAS A FLOATING DECK WHICH HELPS WHEN LOADING THE UNIT ON TRAILERS NO BOTTOM OUT, AND FINALLY YOU HAVE ENCLOSED GAS TANK FOR SAFTEY, AND BACK FENDERS WHICH CATCH THE WET MORNING GRASS AND MUD HOPE THIS HELPS
     

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