Wright Stander

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by samk, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. samk

    samk LawnSite Member
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    Pretty sure I am buying a Stander in the spring and wanted to get some input from those who own them (Danes or Wrights).
     
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    I own Danes and I would buy a Wright.
     
  3. GrassChopper

    GrassChopper LawnSite Member
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    I was using a 36" Lesco belt drive and a 52" Howard Price hydro wb. I bought a 48" Wright stander and it was so good I bought a 36" stander too. Next year I am buying a 61" Stander or Centaur. The only thing that I have had go wrong is a broken belt. I use both of them 6 days a week to mow and they have increased my productivity.

    The down sides are that it is more difficult to access the blades for sharpening. I have to use a jack to lift the front.

    You have to watch your head while going under trees.

    You have to be very careful while turning. I noticed holes at the edges of all the lawns I was mowing. I found out that when you turn one of these, you have to be careful and do a three point turn.

    You have to be extra conscious of rutting. Be sure to mow a different direction every time. The added weight will make it easier to rut the lawns.


    All said and done, I wouldn't trade my Standers for any other mower (Except maybe a Centaur). I am sold on the Wrights. They are a sturdy machine and the makers really thought out the design and production. Even the local Kubota dealer was impressed when I showed him mine.

    The Standers also make it much easier to mow inclines than any other mower I have used.

    If I can answer any other questions, please ask.
     
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Most productive machine on market that isn't a z-rider!!

    Posted by GrassChopper - The down sides are that it is more difficult to access the blades for sharpening. I have to use a jack to lift the front. Solution, lift up on front caster arm and push on stationary handlebar at top of unit, then slip cinderblock under deck.
    You have to be very careful while turning. I noticed holes at the edges of all the lawns I was mowing. I found out that when you turn one of these, you have to be careful and do a three point turn. Actually zero turning can be done but it takes practice and patience. The key is going slow w/ turns. Keep an eye on tire that is reversing as thisis the tire w/ more torque and will rip up the lawns. It can be tough if lawns are wet, if you are on a slope, or if the front wheels are not facing right direction. Basically I have a few "idiots" - employees- that I will not allow to run these machines as they go way too fast and do not take tme w/ turns.

    These machines can be a little tough on the hydro belt as mentioned before. Make sure to keep a spare and a good bungee to help hold the idler arm when changing this belt. Aviod the cog type belts for this as they fail a little quicker.
     
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wright Also makes a sitting version of this machine. You can sit or stand. It has a small jump seat. It give more head room and is less tiring on the operator. I don't own one but those who do tell me they can wear you out standing. Ask about the sitting model they might not be out it your area. I have driven one and they are great.
     
  6. GrassChopper

    GrassChopper LawnSite Member
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    The sitting model is called the Centaur.
     
  7. scagman

    scagman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive looked into this mower but how does it get over curbs and ive heard they dont do very well on hills
     
  8. GrassChopper

    GrassChopper LawnSite Member
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    Curbs were harder than the wb. With the wb I would just press down on the handles, popping the front end up, to get over curbs. Since I am using the Standers, I went to Lowes and bought a ramp kit. I made two ramps, 36" long, to use with the Standers because several of my accounts have grass areas only accessible over curbs. Now I don't have a problem.

    As a side note, I obtained one of my accounts because the previous LCO used to pop his wb over the bricks, chipping them. The owner got mad and fired the LCO, hiring me because I use ramps.

    The Stander is the BEST mower on hills. The center of gravity is much lower. Plus, you can lean into the hills with them, making them even more able to mow a steeper incline.
     
  9. scagman

    scagman LawnSite Senior Member
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    with mowing mostly res with alot of gates and mowing some comm and probably alot more comm in the up coming season what stander should i get also is the sit down stand up mower a good one im eitheir getting a 52 wb with sulky or something else like a ztr or maybe a stander
     
  10. GrassChopper

    GrassChopper LawnSite Member
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    If you have alot of residential with gates, and commercial, I would figure out which takes more of your time.

    I have the 36" Stander for gates, and the 48" Stander for larger areas. My next one will be a 61".
     

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