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still trying to decide on next mower. would a 32'' stander be more productive than my 36'' gear driven walkbehind w/sulky on residential yards 1/2 acre or smaller? how about on yards larger than a half acre? whats the top speed of the 32'' stander?
 

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I was wondering about the standers myself. The video looks great but I was wondering how they are on bumpy ground. The video only shows a parking lot, not on bumpy ground, I think you would kill your joints. Does anyone here have one??
 

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GrassmasterB said:
still trying to decide on next mower. would a 32'' stander be more productive than my 36'' gear driven walkbehind w/sulky on residential yards 1/2 acre or smaller? how about on yards larger than a half acre? whats the top speed of the 32'' stander?
I have never seen or operated a 32" Stander but I did on a 52" Stander and it blowed my 52" TTHP away. The cut is about the same but boy, the speed and manouverability is unpararelled. The new one is even faster like 8+ mph. It is a lot faster than WB/sulky for sure, besides being so short taking nothing on trailer space. Doing tight or large lawns, the 52" stander beats 52" eXmark walk many many times.
Your belt walk is no match to Stander cause Stander is hydro and it flies.
 

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Some things to think about with the Stander: 1. Difficult to get under tree limbs and normally small yards have several. 2. Difficult to get on/off the trailer due to deck dragging. 3. Deck height adjustment difficult. 4. Small tires can leave ruts. We tested the unit and liked the cut and everything else but decided against it.
 

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I am replacing my 32" metro w/velke with a 32" stander when it dies. The stander way more productive than any walkbehind and sulky combo.
 

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test drove a 32 stander this week. unhappy with deck height adjustment, rear tire width, and blade thickness. It has pros and cons. For me, it's not for me. I'll stick with the 32 wb and sulkie.
 

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test drove a 32 stander this week. unhappy with deck height adjustment, rear tire width, and blade thickness. It has pros and cons. For me, it's not for me. I'll stick with the 32 wb and sulkie.
Well everything you just stated is the exact same things that a 32" walkbehind will have for problems. All 32" machines are fix deck (except the ferris/simplicy single hydro) So the deck adjustment is also a complete pain. All 32" machined have narrow rear tires. The stander's tires are the biggest of all the 32" machines. And all 32" have very thin blades. I wanted to get gator magiums for my 32". Sorry they don't make them. Only high lift gators. So everything you just said was BS. I run a 32" exmark with a velke and demoed the 32" stander. Trust me the 32" stander is worth every penny because its 20 time faster and way less fatiguing.
 

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What about a Gravely 34" ztr? I looked at the 32" stander which is a nice machine, but the gravely suited me better for the area that I work in. Its a soild machine, with a kawi 15, cuts well in thick st.augstine.
 

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i wasn't debating between the two. i have a 36" walkbehind. just last week i turned down two yards because my 36" wouldn't fit in the gates. a 32" would have fit. since i'm not taking on anymore large yards i was thinking i might get a 32" stander which would fit thru almost all gates and i wouldn't have to use a 21'' for some backyards, (which i'm trying to get away from doing). i'd like to have a 36'' stander but i'd still have the same problem. i was thinking a 32'' stander would be more versatile and i could use it on all yards front and back and with higher top speed and better mobility it would be more productive, even though it has a smaller cut. so i was looking for opinions on the 32" stander and how much more productive it could be vs a 36'' gear driven walkbehind with sulky.
 

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Well everything you just stated is the exact same things that a 32" walkbehind will have for problems. All 32" machines are fix deck (except the ferris/simplicy single hydro) So the deck adjustment is also a complete pain. All 32" machined have narrow rear tires. The stander's tires are the biggest of all the 32" machines. And all 32" have very thin blades. I wanted to get gator magiums for my 32". Sorry they don't make them. Only high lift gators. So everything you just said was BS. I run a 32" exmark with a velke and demoed the 32" stander. Trust me the 32" stander is worth every penny because its 20 time faster and way less fatiguing.
How do you lower the deck on the stander? Pull the pins on the front casters? What about the rear of the deck? It is the same as most walk behinds on the market. You do not raise and lower the rear of the deck without a lot of work.
I raise and lower the front and rear of my gravely deck with spring loaded pins, no tools required. This happens to be a feature I like, that the stander does not offer.

Both mowers are running a 6.5 inch rear drive tire. Only thing is, the stander alone weighs almost 100 pounds more plus however much the operator weighs. I'm just under 200 lbs. This means the same width tires must carry an extra 300lbs (approx.). Every other mower I've looked at moves up to the 8.5 inch rear drive tire to carry this load. This will give you more of an opportunity to track the lawns.

And as far as 20 times faster? Max speed is 6.7 vs. 7.2mph. And by the way, I do realize max speed is not the only relevant factor in determining productivety.

My opinion is the 32" Stander is not for me. I also realize opinions are like noses, they all smell, some better than others!

I did however look at the Sentar Sport 36". I have a 32" that fits through my gates, so the extra 4" was not a problem for me. This takes care of the narrow tires and the deck adjustment.
 

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I have a 32" Stander and it's great. I traded my Toro 44" 20 hp hydro drive with sulky in towards it. I would have gotten a 36" but I have a number of 36" gates to get through and would rather have a machine that I can use on more props. As far as productivity is concerned there is no comparison with a gear drive, way more productive, not even close. My 32" Stander beats the times I was getting with the Toro 44" except on the largest lot I do about 7/8 of an acre and there the time is about the same but on the rest it wins hands down. The ride is smoother than it was with the Velkye or the sulky I was using, probably due to the larger tires. Not using a sulky also means no extra tire tracks and it's more compact so you can get in to tight spots and do a zero turn. The thing is very fast in forward and in reverse too, much faster than the Toro was. The Stander dealer is good, lots of support let me take it out to demo for a few days so I could see how it worked on my props.I looked at a Gravely and it seems like a nice machine I saw one guy using one and it really flies but the dealer handling them is close to an hour away and small so support would be a problem. Being 34" would probably not fit some of the gates I have, the 32" is a tight squeeze. The nice thing about the Gravely is the easy deck height adjustment if you have to change the cut height often. The fixed deck is a pain to change the blade height same as any fixed deck. I leave it at 3.25" and cut everyone at the same height, in the fall I'll drop it down. It's hard to find specs on them the Wright web site isn't a whole lot of help, here's a link with some specs. http://www.edmdistributors.com/wright_stander.htm. As far as dragging the deck when getting on and off the trailer it depends on the height of the deck, the height of the trailer, the length of the ramp etc. I don't have a problem, if it is just go up on an angle. It takes up less room on the trailer, cuts nice and is a blast to use. Iv'e had customers say they like the job it does and a few ask if it's as much fun to operate as it looks. Yep :p
 
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