Which Stander for Starting Out?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bdlawncare, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Posts: 49

    Okay guys so im really new on this site and relatively new to the lawn care biz. I am somewhat versed in the snow removal side of things but am considering getting into the lawn care because of demand from my snow clients. Okay so my question is which Stand on mower would best fit my application. I am a small company 3 guys a small trailer and about 25 lawns.

    Some of the lawns are rather large the biggest one being 5 acres the next biggest is 2 and the rest are residential 1/4 to 1/2. I have a 36" exmark walk behind but know that i will need to get some new equiptment to handle the larger amount of jobs.

    I have my mind set on stander mowers since they are more compact and a little more agile than a rider. I was interested in the GrandStand, the Stander by Wright and am open to suggestions for other appropriate equiptment.

    So my main questions are

    1. Which mower suits my applications?

    2. What size is appropriate?

    3. Positives and Negatives of both.

    4. What mower is the best for the money?

    Okay so please keep in mind that i will probably be looking to expand in the future and would love to be able to do these lawns easily by buying the proper equiptment the first go round.. My budget is about 6.5-7G's for the mower! I could possibly do 8 but would really like to keep it under if all possible... and again i will buy the mower over the winter so i can save a little $
     
  2. stonebridge

    stonebridge LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have used all the standers, and overall the toro has been the best priced, best cut, best handling, best comfort overall.
    the john deere quik trak has the best cut, but is alittle heavy, greatdane, gravely, everride are all the same, hold hills pretty darn good and cuts great, but clumps like crazy in the spring and wet conditions, wrights can climb a mountain, cut wasn't that great and left stringer some times, alittle pricey for a mower that can't cut great. scag was a great cut, great ride, controls alittle wierd compared to others but ok, gas tank could be bigger, for the horsepower thay use, and a alittle pricey, but you get what you paid for.

    i love my toro grandstand 52''/23hp
    1st scag
    2nd toro
    3rd wright
    4th john deere
    5th the great dane

    go for the scag or toro scag is better overall but toro is alittle cheaper both great mowers
     
  3. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Posts: 49

    Wow surprised thought that expensive of a mower would have a great cut... They are really popular around me. Anyway ibappreciate the advice and had a few more questions.

    1. Can i aerate lawns with a stander I have a pull behind but don't know if it would work.

    2. Can I bag with a stander I'm assuming some of my customers will want the grass collected

    3. Can I put a lead plow on it?
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldn't invest in a stander with that small amont of yards, it is tooo expensive. For bigger properties two mowers are better one that fits thru all the back yards and a bigger for big stuff. The WB is more cost effective.
     
  5. stonebridge

    stonebridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 865

    i know they make a front aerator, i'm sure you could figure a way to attach it to the rear, but standers don't have a hitch just a platform you stand on. you can buy baggers for the standers, accelerator are the best, but very expensive (400-700) depending on what size you want, there are also other brands you can buy for around 200-300. never heard of a plow on a stander or seen, just don't think standers are made for that kind of work.

    wright are the most expensive mowers on the market right now, they just need to figure out a better deck for the price
     
  6. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Posts: 49

    well i already have a walk behind, and none of my yards have fences so size through gates and such isnt really an issue.. maybe a 48" stander??
     
  7. The tough part is that you have 2 large properties, and the rest small. I would go with the 48 I guess. For 2 and 5 acres, a 60" would be great, but I wouldn't spend that much for 2 properties.
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  8. stonebridge

    stonebridge LawnSite Senior Member
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    i really like the 52'' standers. you really don't save that much time using a 60''. 48'' or 52 is your best bet. i never had a problem with scalping with a 52'' and 52 seems to handle the spring and morning dew grass alittle better due to the chute opening being bigger 48 are nice, but i can get my 52 in all my gated yards
     
  9. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We run scag v rides we like them allot. Previously used wright. Scag has been much better for us. Good luck.
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  10. bdlawncare

    bdlawncare LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Posts: 49

    Why do you like the scag's better? just curious! my friend owns a dealership and he can get me a wright or a exmark for a good price. I think im going to get a right 48" or 52"? What do you think? or does 4" really not make that big of a difference
     

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