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Hydro WB vs. Stand on

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by BLC1, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 718

    What are the biggest differences between the standers and the hydro walk behinds?
     
  2. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 718

    Anybody have an opinion here?
     
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,220

    Seems its pretty clear to see the differences. Do you want to stand right over your unit, or use a sulky behind a WB? Are you mowing where there are a lot of trees? If so, stand on may not be your machine. I have also heard that stand ons burn some good holes in lawns when they turn, whereas you can control that more with a WB.
     
  4. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 718

    Yeah, I can see the biggest difference of standing on it or riding behind. I was just looking for more details to see if it's worth the extra money to go to a stand on.
     
  5. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    productivity. as far as burning holes, as long as your smooth on the controls i don't have any problems. learning curve to it just like anything else. give me a walk behind with a sulky and i'll probably tear a few things up at first
     
  6. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 718

    I was just looking back and I could have worded the question a little differently too. What would make you buy a stander vs. just buying a hydro walk behind with sulky.
     
  7. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,306

    Well for one the standers have a higher ground speed compared to a walk behind. They give you a very good view of the surrounding areas. They are shorter(dimensionally) than most walk behind in most cases. They dont hold hills aswell. They are also heavier, which can be a factor if you mow in the rain or shortly afterwards. Both are very good and I honestly cant toally see the benfits compared to the higher cost. I think the stander is a better overall alternative than spending 12k on a sit down, but you cant replace a walkbehind. Im looking to buy a stander this year to take the place of my ZTR and just keep that for cleanups.
     
  8. weeble67

    weeble67 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    Spring of last year I slid down a hill where I should have been using a walk behind but was instead on an Exmark ZTR. I came to a stop when I slid into a body of water. I decided I would be adding a walk behind to my trailer. I found myself asking the same question you are. I demoed a Toro Grandstand and never bought a walk behind. I have thought about selling my Exmark ZTR and adding another Toro Grandstand. I love it, I safely climb inclines I would never have thought about on my sit down ZTR. It is easier on my back standing as my knees and legs absorb a lot of the shock.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,274

    We got two standers and the workers prefer the WB and without sulkies. So we are selling ours after 5 years. The standers track easily due to weight and no dampers on the Wrights so a little jerkey. And the repair is difficuelt to everythign being cramped ujp.
     

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