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Early model Grandstand OK or Run away

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by jstew33, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. jstew33

    jstew33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I know this topic has been beat to death, but I would like input from the guys who use standers. I am replacing an older ztr with a new to me mower. I would like to try a stander out as all the benefits that I've read on this site, seem to be what I'm looking for. My dilemma is that funds currently won't allow for a brand new machine purchase, but I'm able to find used relatively low hour GS units that would fit my budget. I've read about all the issues with the 09, but have also read that Toro released updates that have helped. Are the 09's really that bad and should I just steer clear or can they be made reliable if had for the right price? I'm really only considering Toro or Scag V Rides for this purchase as those two have closest dealer support in my area. My operation is very small compared to most, but I obviously need to be operating to be profitable. Thanks for all the valuable info in helping me make a decision.
  2. Spiffygreencutclean

    Spiffygreencutclean LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I love my 60inch 09 I have to readjust the tracking alot but otherwise its a cutting machine! I bought it last year before the season. Since it was a demo I was questioning why it had not been purchased yet I love it!
  3. Evolution IX

    Evolution IX LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    Get the updates done. A lot of tracking issues but cuts great.
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  4. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    I own four Grandstands. All are 2010 or 2011. I did own one 2009 which all the updates were made, etc. It was ok but it just seemed little things kept going wrong. I wouldn't buy an 09. There is a big difference between the 09s and the 2010s. I guess if it was a smoking deal an 09 might be worth it if you have some skills and patience. I was once told that the ones with metal belt covers are to be avoided. I don't know if I have ever seen an 09 with the plastic belt covers though.
  5. StockmanLawnscape

    StockmanLawnscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    When we were making the switch to standers, we had an 09 GS demo. I really liked the cut. But, there were problems with it where it would shut off out of the blue. We didn't buy it. However, we did just purchase a brand new '13 GS 52" with the Kohler EFI engine. Not many hours yet, but you can tell that Toro has improved the GS by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Stay away from '09 if you can't get a GREAT deal. If you do, just make sure all updates have ben done and you have a quality Toro dealer nearby. Our dealer is great, that's one of the reason we run all Toro mowers.
  6. jstew33

    jstew33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Would around $3000 be a good deal for a 48 with less than 400 hrs?
  7. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    Yes that is a decent deal. I have seen them for sale ranging from 3500-$4500. I agree with previous posts that the tracking is an issue. These units are difficult to work on also even the most basic maintenance is a pain.
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  8. jstew33

    jstew33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    This unit is an 09 that does have plastic belt covers on it. Does Toro pay for these updates or do I have to poney up for the parts and labor? Also, I read that somewhere in 09 they made update changes during the production run. Is there a Serial Number and above that would include the updates already. Thanks for all the help and really helps to have people that know these products and all their flaws.

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