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Wright Stander

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jhawk71, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. jhawk71

    jhawk71 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    I am looking at buying a wright stander, and had a few questions. I am debating between a 48" and a 52". Price is not a factor because they are so closely priced. I have heard you can fit a 48" where you couldn't fit a 52", but with a 52" you have more deck overhang meaning better trimming. Is that true? Which mower would you guys go with and with what motor.
    48" 17 Hp
    48" 19 Hp
    52" 17 Hp
    52" 19 Hp
    52" 23Hp

    Also if you have any pictures of either size mowers stripping please post them!
  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Jhawk, I'd go with either the 19/48 or the 23/52... I would get as much hp as I possibly could if I were you.. I have a Surfer with a 22hp Kohler/52" and I wish it had 3-5 more hp.. I havent SEEN a Wright 52" stander, so I can't say about it's trim edge, but that's the one thing my Surfer doesn't have, a decent trim side.. Good luck, and don't worry, IGBG will post on here soon to tell you everything about anything Wright. God bless you man.
  3. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    Seeing how you already have a I would go with the 52" I would also go with the 23HP. The more power the better. I have 2 myself and my guys love them.
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    In my humble opinion, unless you don't want or have a 36" to get into the few areas that a 52" wont that a 48" would, you a crazy to get a 48". I used 52" JD equipment where I use to work and we had a 48" as well. we had no properties that would fit one but not the other.

    The large gates are usually 60" or bigger and the small ones are usually 38" to 42"

    I agree with cklands. no such thing as too much horsepower. sure you won't always need it but when you do it is oh so important. Even when you don't it means that your mower isn't working that hard and will last longer for not having the strain.

    I have a 15hp 36" walk behind which has plenty of power, but I couldn't imagine just 2 more horsepower and 16 more inches of blade cut. Spend the extra money today and have you mower run better for longer.

    The JD we used were 21 hp I am pretty sure and they did pretty good, but another 2 hp would have worked wonders on a few yards.
  5. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Ok TXlawnKing I am here now. So jhawk fire away with the questions.

    What you said about the 48" and 52" deck over hang is correct. I talk people out of the 48" and into the 52" for that reason. You already have 36" scag for gates, so the 52" makes sense.

    The 52" 23 kawi is the only way to go. I have two 52" 17 kawi, which bog down in tall grass. (boy do I wish they were 23 hp, even 19 hp) The new one for next year will be a 52" 23 kawi.
  6. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,036

    Iwould buy the 52" deck for all the reasons mentioned above. I'm not sure but I thought I heard somewere that the tip speed on the 48" is slower than the 52"
  7. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    IGBG, if they come out with a 25-27hp 52" stander, then we're talkin'... I honestly don't even think 23hp will be adequate..My 22 bogs in heavy growth sometimes..I know though, Kawi's are supposed to be underated in hp, and I do know they are tourqueier.. But you Can NEVER have too much power!! I really want to swap on a 27!!
  8. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,402

    I would absolutley buy a 52 , 23, as I own a 48 17, and it doesn't clean the lawn up very well. The 52 has a faster tip speed due to the length of the blades. Good luck!
  9. jhawk71

    jhawk71 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Thanks for the help guys.
    I guess I'm going to go with the 52" instead of the 48". Since I don't cut to many lawns I think I will stick with the 19 hp. If you guys think otherwise please tell me. Also do any of you guys have pictures of some stripes from a stander. I would really appreciate it.
  10. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    ive had both and currently have the 52".

    the 48 had to be overlapped a horendous amount to keep from showing mohawks inbetween each pass. Im talking like 8-10" overlap. In really heavy, wet applications the 48 was the pits, the blade speed was just not there.

    the 52 is quite a step up, but im still not 100% satisfied. I still have to run double blades :(. Trim offset is far superior. Clipping dispersal is on the low side of average. my exmark throws about 3 rows, the wrights throw 1.5 rows at best... which do you think leaves a better finished appearance in heavy growth?? (hint: think X) Regarding engines, i started with the 19 kaw, but then upgraded to the canister air filer which included re jetting the carb. Ive no idea how much more power is there, but that was the first thing i noticed after the carb was re jetted. Save the couple hundred for the extra hp initially and then upgrade the 19 to the better air cleaner which will then increase your power through the mandatory re jetting.

    If you get the stander, make sure your salesmanship skills are well honed prior to the spring. You are essentiall going to have to sell as needed (twice a week for me) cuttings from basicly may 1 thru end of june depending on when the heat hits.

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