Best stand on mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Huff11, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Huff11

    Huff11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Well I live in the Appalachian mountains so the hills here can get steep. This is why I bought my TT because I feel it was the best ztr for hills. I'm looking for a stander so I can mow smaller yards more quickly. I still want to have hillside stability but I don't wanna be pulled around by a walk behind. I just want the best stander for the job
  2. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    Go demo a new BB style, they are plain safer on steep grades. My 72 ZTR can do some serious mowing on steep grades but if you break traction and start to slide they can be plain dangerous trying to jump off.
  3. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,811

    Standers with decks less than 48" are less stable on hills. Smaller tires and narrower track.
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  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I had a prostance in a 48 and it sucked on hills. I have a 48 Wright RH which is a lot better on hills than the prostance. I had a Wright Z which is a normal sit down mid mount mower like your Scag and it handled hills better than the both of them and my Z master 400. I however, didn't like being trapped under the controls and being I mow around a lot of sea walls solo sometimes I didn't want to chance it.
  5. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    I have a 2013 Pro-Stance and climbing any hill isn't the problem. Going down the hills is where I'm finding it gets a little hairy. Maybe because of the weight?
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  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I was only talking about mowing horizontally on hills. Going downhill in any mower sucks if its steep enough. Could add brakes..... I found the gravely always nose dived going across. This is the great dane style prostance.
  7. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    I don't have any experience on the older style, but I can say that I have a decent hill on my property that I traverse without any problem and that was before my new gravely dealer corrected the tracking problem i was having.
  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    We have an Exmark Vantage 52" with the Kohler EFI. Mows great, clumps a little more than I'd like in wet conditions.

    I however would not buy another one. Even though it stripes well and does extremely well on hills (sideways, sticks like glue) the ECS controls are awful. Incredibly slow and squeezing the controls makes your hands strength so strong you could squeeze a pineapple in half.

    We're leaning towards Wright for next year.
  9. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,272

    You can get the exmark without ECS controls.
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  10. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    That's true; however the Vantage ground speed is still slow in my opinion.

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