Calling all STANDER X owners!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by whoopassonthebluegrass, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Looking for feedback on this machine, but not getting ANY responses. Surely SOMEONE has this mower, right?!?!?!?

    1. Seeking information regarding the new deck's cutting performance - particularly in wet, spring growth - where the old deck really struggled.
    2. Curious as to whether the floating deck hurts the machine's hillside stability.
    3. What are the weaknesses of this machine?
    4. What type of repairs have been required?
    5. Would you buy this unit again?

    After the travesty that was my BOP purchase, I'm extremely reticent to buy an unproven deck.

    Thanks for any and all feedback.
  2. THG

    THG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I have a 2011 Stander X and love it so far. We bought it mainly for slopes and hills and it holds them very well. I have not had any problems with the cut or dispersement at all but also keep in mind that when you are mowing slopes you are not cutting as fast as when you are on flat ground. I would recommend you demoe the mower for a few days like I did before you buy especially based on other folks not having the same cut quality as I am describing. It goes and turns in places that my Scag Tiger Cat cannot and it does not tear the turf while doing it. Mine cuts very clean and even.
  3. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    None out here in the west to demo. Closest one is MAYBE in Denver @ the d.c...

    Have a dealer who says he'll try to bring one in for me, but I'm not sure how long that will take...
  4. THG

    THG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Well so far it is performing very well. We only have 50 hours on it but it handles hills very well. We have never cleaned or scrapped the deck and have not had clumping or standers. There are a couple of threads on the Wright Channel on this website that may provide you some of the difference between the regular stander and the Stander X and also one forum where Wright rates the hillside performance between their line up. This is my first Stand on mower and I demoed the V-Ride and Grandstand as well (both good mowers) but the Wright held the hills much better.
  5. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    If you want to buy a fixed deck 52 with a proven P.O.S. deck...practically brand new...make an offer
  6. THG

    THG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I am still laughing at your reply although for the money I am sure you are not laughing. I wish you could try the new deck out and see how it performs for you. Any chance of your dealer and/or Wright maybe swapping out for the new deck?
  7. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    Driving them was great. Sadly, neither were the EXACT model I wanted - but I figured it would allow me to comprehend the fundamental differences between the manufacturers.


    • Controls seem CRAZY low. I'm only 5'11" and I felt like I had to bend over to run the machine.
    • Platform very wide open and comfortable - the suspension really smoothed out the bumps.
    • Deck/Motor bounced a time or two. Bothers me b/c all that weight rises up and then slams down on the height-adjuster pin.
    • As I come around the bend, to run the mower sideways across a slope, machine slips sideways for about 3" while the machine levels out, but then grabs. (This might be remedied with a lower rear tire pressure.)
    • I like the idea of having the hydros' speed regulated independently - ideal for teaching the machine to a newbie.
    • I've owned a TurboForce deck, so nothing impressive there. In fact, I was a bit disappointed with it in taller stuff and remembered just why it was I always ran doubles.
    • I was surprisingly pleased at how the front casters never left the ground. Even when cresting a hill at full bore. That extra weight will actually minimize wear and tear on the frame and front forks.
    • Toro bag attachment setup sucks. Not effective at all (unless they've changed the bag's plate since I bought my TurboForce w/b.)

    • Loud. (Not likely an issue with a different motor.)
    • No suspension on platform incredibly jarring.
    • Control handles overly stiff - my hands were tired in a matter of moments.
    • Love the bag attachment design. So simple, yet effective.
    • This unit had a weak left hydro (perhaps bypass was partially open) - and that made it a bit weird when going sideways across hills with left side lower.
    • Why on earth is the parking brake in the way of the rapid height system? To encourage you to put the brakes on?
    • No stringers when mowing - even when cutting a solid 3" off the top.
    • Cut looks less-than-pretty because the left blade turns the grass one way, while the right the other (which is the norm - except that it shows up in the pattern). Thus, one pass = tire track, dark green, light green, tire track. VERY ugly. That being said, I would think a strong striper would eliminate this issue.
    • Only hill I could find was well within specs. Nonetheless I could stop in the hillside, go down, go up, to go around obstacles. I did, however, have a hard time gaining traction on the upper back wheel unless I first had both rear wheels moving in the same direction...
    • Though there will be others who take umbridge at this next statement, I will call it like I saw it: Hanging 8-10" above the ground and BEHIND the mower on the Toro felt NOWHERE NEAR AS STABLE as riding 4" off the ground right-smack between the rear tires.

    If I were to choose now, I'd be choosing the Stander. Not THAT model, mind you, but the Stander nonetheless. Stability is my #1 concern, and the Wright made me feel far more comfortable. Quality of cut is important, but I'm not looking to cut like a Walker. Rather, I just don't want to have to go over it twice because of stringers. Efficiency and basic-customer-acceptability are my worries. Thus, the faster, more stable, longer-track-record Wright Stander looks to be my choice.

    The jury's still out on this, but that's what today's experiences are pointing me towards.

    As an added bonus, the Wright dealer was amazing - and amazingly honest and open. Also has a 24 hour commercial policy and has been selling and servicing Standers since 2002.
  8. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,305

    They just updated the Wright website today. New deck is called the "Aero Core Deck"

  9. newtland

    newtland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I just got one and the guys wont even use it the deck tilts to one side when the ctcher is half full cutting lower than the other side. I hope this gets fixed nine grand out the window. Stick with the old style we have four and they are fine.
  10. THG

    THG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Here are some photos of the new deck on the Stander X. So far so good with me.

    Stander X 1.JPG

    Stander X 3.JPG

    Stander X 4.JPG

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