Are more expensive (36") mowers Worth it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by recycledsole, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,253

    the exmark has 14.5hp engine also, whereas the stander id buy would have 20hp
  2. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You could find a good used 36" hydro for $2500 that would save you time and money.
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  3. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Get a hydro walk-behind 36" and forget both the belt drive and the stander.
  4. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,349

    if it was me i would get a stander hands down...
  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,253

    Yes, been looking for a used stander on craigslist. maybe ill call the dealers today.
    The only thing is I am very ignorant when it comes to mechanics, so I have a hard time inspecting a machine, so don't feel confident about buying used ones at this point. Not to say I wont, but I would feel better knowing more.
  6. baileylawnservice

    baileylawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Go price a 36" scag v-ride. Look for a demo. You can get a demo for around 5699$
  7. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let me share my experience with a $5000 walk behind. I started my journey with a 21in push mower and then upgraded to a toro timemaster which didn't last longer than a week before major issues then went to a 36in scag belt drive. I made a lot of money with that belt drive because I got it for $500. It was a lot of work compared to my current 36in walk behind.

    Now I have a Gravely pro walk hydro 36in walk behind with the pro-steer controls. I can say I'm a lot less tired after a day using it vs a day with the belt drive. Cut quality is good, bagging eh needs a lot of improvement since it blows out the front for no reason, and power it will cut through anything without bogging down.

    Is it worth it. Well for me yes it was since I was hauling with a car and had a 4X6 trailer and a lot of lawns have gates so I had to either use a 48in and a push mower or a 36in all the time. Now my set up is different so honestly I could get away with a belt drive if I didn't have the current one.
  8. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't think the standees or walk behinds make much sense in sizes larger than 36 unless one is mowing a lot of steep hills, where can you get a 48, 52 or 60 WB or stander that you can't get a ZTR of the same size? And the ZTR offers way more operator comfort. I used to mow All 20 of my accounts with a Gravely 34 belt drive WB with pro steer, it was an excellent mower, cut great and fit everywhere, however I had some larger yards and at the end of the day I was beat the hell up. I didn't like the velke either. I would stick with a 34 or 36 WB if you only have a few small residential yards and if you go bigger, invest in a good 48, 52 or 60 rider.
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  9. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The only time and I mean only time you buy a 36 stander is when you are mowing alot properties or big back yards where you cannot use a 48 or bigger. For most people a 36 belt or Hydro WB is more versatile and just about as productive.

    I bought standers for doing trailer courts and love them but a 36 is not productive enough to justify the cost unless you need it because other mowers will not work.

    36's are SLOW!
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,848

    Why not just wait a few years when your current mower is near its usefull life. You need might even change by then. Its not worth the money in the amount of time you will save.

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