Wright stander X Aero Core deck review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JCLawn and more, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I hated the controls on the V-ride, they were stiff and the bars felt too thick. They have a dumb OPC system as well, and a neutral lever that seems pointless to me. seemed like a bunch of unnecessary steps to take to get the thing to start, move, or turn blades on. Their deck lift lever was also really short and hard to move on the fly if needbe, not much leverage there. The machine felt pretty light in the front(they do have a weight kit) and I only weigh 150lbs. comparing to the stander X, It also seemed like a very long machine. I get my X in some really tight spaces. V-ride is also a full mph slower.

    I did like the deck on the v-ride, but I wasn't on it long enough to cut in all conditions either. with what I was cutting, the dispersal didn't seem to be much different than the aerocore. Most of the time I run my X with the discharge portion of the baffle removed and that helps tremendously with discharge.
     
  2. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I personally don't care for the hand operated OPC, I like it in the platform. I can step off and leave one foot on the platform and do the same thing, but I can also operate the machine one handed when I need to or use as little pressure as needed to move the controls. heres the steps for starting and mowing with the wright:

    to start: set parking brake and turn key
    to start mowing: just be standing on platform and pull PTO switch. if I need to step off the machine fully, just stop blades, the switch is located so that you can just hit the switch with your thumb. don't have to have a parking brake set or anything to get off.
     
  3. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
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    This year, I got a new Deere Stander (made by Wright) and have used the old fixed deck standers in the past. The Deere is leaps and bounds ahead of the old style. The deck gives a better cut in most conditions and the machine as a whole is very well set up. It's easy to work on and maintain and it feels very solid and smooth. The deck may not be the absolute best in the industry but it is not a slouch either. I estimate that the new mower will pay for itself in 2 years in decreased labor costs.

    Now, if Deere decided to put the 7-Iron on the Stander I would sell this one and get a new mower in a heartbeat. If they did that, we would have the best of everything.
     
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    I have a 2014 Wright stander with a regular deck. I like it. No problems
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  5. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
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    I think that you probably have the Aero-Core deck. That is the upgraded one that we are talking about. I don't think that they sell the old style anymore.
     
  6. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    aerocore is on everything now. I think when it first came out they only put it on the floating deck models, but it is now on all mowers and has been for a couple years
     
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    I don't think its the aero core deck since the aero core decks have it printed on them. Deck works good, I always use it with the chute deflector up though, never in place.
     
  8. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    http://www.wrightmfg.com/products/aero-core-deck/

    if your deck looks like this one you've got an aero core. when I bought my 52'' in 2013 I remember seeing aerocore decks on all the wrights except for rapid height, which they have replaced with the Stander I for 2014.
     
  9. FlippenLC

    FlippenLC LawnSite Member
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    In April I owned a 48 vantage and 52 lazer, I demoed a quik trak 48 as a loaner while my Exmarks were serviced. Well by June I was the owner of 2 Quik Trak 52 efi MOD's and have been extremely happy. QOC was better that the vantage with a mulch kit and better than e lazer discharging, essentially 2 mowers in one. I do have go back over some rows to blow some clipping trails out, but really I had to do the same before. The other advantage to the JD/Wrights is the decks actually do float. The Vantage 48 was a scalp master, in fact my crew made a joke that it took more scalps than a Indian war party. The JD are fast, agile, have a solid robust feeling, everything works good and the qoc is very high, surprising this machine's stripes are unbelievable and I mostly cut warm season grass, Bermuda and Zoysia.

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  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Your grass has thicker and tougher blades right? It hated tall thin fescue
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