2011 Wright Stander Review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nepatsfan, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    I bought a new stander at the beginning of the year. Payed 8 thousand and change...I think like $8300 with tax and a bagger. 52 inch 23 kawi.

    One thing to note is that I do not personally run this machine constantly but I do hop on it from time to time.

    The Good
    The machine....looks like it is built like a tank. Front casters, deck, 12cc hydro pumps...just a beefy machine.

    Plenty of power. No issues here even in wet grass....very little bogging. We bag everything so you do have to go a bit slower.

    Manueverability...very good and the machine is fast. Still cut at normal speed but we do a lot of subdivisions with multiple houses so it flys from house to house.

    Comfort.. The spring loaded platform absorbs bumps very well. Very comfortable machine to run.

    Striping....leaves very nice stripes, no stripe kit

    Hills....This thing is a billy goat. I would say it is as good as a walkbehind on a hill....only advantage to the walk behind is if it starts to go you can just muscle it

    The bad....unfortunately it is the most important thing to me..the cut. I am not sure why this is such an issue for wright. This machine does not leave a great cut. I called my dealer and he said they started using the new decks after I bought mine:hammerhead: It just leaves little stringers or stragglers no matter how slow you go. Cutting with sharp blades and the deck is pitched properly.

    We have several machines and this hands down leaves the worst cut(keep in mind, it stripes nice but the cut is sub par IMO) I have owned and run just about every mower brand. I bought an everride scorpion last year 52 23 kawi...it is not as beefy, does not hold hills as well but the cut is definitely better. Scags we have are also hands down better cuts and this was kind of sinking feeling last week. A guy who has worked for me for years asked if he could run a 2001 bobcat 48 walkbehind instead of the brand new machine(less than 60 hours):cry::cry:

    the reason...I can cut faster if I dont have to go over it twice....

    Keep in mind... I am very picky/anal about how we leave things....I know 95% of guys wouldn't probably go back over what we would. Most of our accounts are high end have come to expect a high level of service....I just won't leave them.

    Anyways...the deck is adjusted properly, the blades are sharp, I really believe it is just the design.

    In hindsight...I would should have given up the hill abilities and maybe gone with a v ride.

    Anyone who tries to convince me that the v ride is better on hills(i bleed orange and have tested them side by side....they aren't)




  2. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 1,784

    You're right. The wright deck sucks. I had two at one time and dumped them cheap when nothing made them cut better. I had a series of PMs here with JimV where he admitted that when they first introduced the stander they didnt engineer their deck, they just coppied another deck that seemed popular at the time. The cut has always been their Achilles heel IMO.
  3. Greenery

    Greenery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Have you tried some high lift blades? I use the scag brand high lifts.
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  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    They have this weird looking redesigned blade. I will try switch out the blades...
  5. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    Did you ever try high lifts? I have several sets...maybe I will try that.
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I'm on straight high lifts now with my grandstand, I like the cut better but I'm noticing a lot of stringers also. I'm not so sure it's a deck issue with either the Wright or Toro, it seems more and more to be a standup issue?
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    We do not have that issue with an everride scorpion and have had great dane surfers in the past that also did not have that issue. I can't speak for the toro but the more I read about the wright I feel like it is the machine. The reason why I stayed away for years was the cut quality. I was told that the deck was changed and the cut was better. I didn't realize that I wasn't getting the new deck or else I wouldn't have bought it. I took the machine out at the very beginning of the growing season and it seemed to cut fine. The grass was not thick or long at the time. It really wasn't a fair test for the machine....Lesson learned:hammerhead::cry:
  8. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 217

    Thats why you should have gone grandstand turbo force decks are top notch! I have one wright still trying to kill it so I can replace it with another stand 6 total now! Lov'em some of the slopes and areas we mow would blow your mind as to how fast and clean also.:usflag:
  9. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 217

    I run stock bagger blades on most of mine never have stragglers...? Maybe your biting to much and not having correctly sharpend blades... The baffle is best a hair past b setting
  10. THG

    THG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I bought the 2011 Stander X (for hills as well) but it has the new deck and the cut quality is very good. I would say the cut quality is as good as the velocity deck on Scags. I also have and love Scags but for hill / slope mowing, the V-Ride doesnt come close.

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