Problem is I've already had one back surgery in 07 for ruptured L4 L5 ( lower lumbar) and its getting bad again.Both chiros I have been to say that standing is better than sitting. Yes it is more tiring. The first 6 yrs I was in business I rand a walkbehind with a velke and had no back problems. Then I bought a lazer Z and after one season I had back pain. I am 29 yrs old 5'10 and 150 so I am not big by any means. After four seaons of worsening back pain I started going to a chiropractor. They suggested that I look into buying a stand-on mower again because of the reasons mentioned in the other thread. After 8 seasons of running the lazer z sitting down, going over really rough terrain, trying the fancy seats (which helped a little bit but not worth the 600 bucks ....sorry to those who worship the exmark mower as the god of all mowers in this forum..... I had to give a bad opinion on a part of an exmark mower but I think 8 seasons and exrays are proof enough that I am not making up lies) and seeing the exrays of my lower three disks in my back slowly getting squished into pancakes, I bought two grandstands last year. I now have little to no back pain and can go the chiro once a month instead of once a week Get the stander man! You don't want to ever have back surgery cause it never ends well. I would rather have a knee replacement or two than have my spine screwed up and be crippled from the waist down. Just my informed and fact-based opinion
True. Daily struggle from here to death. I'm only 35 too....if you've had back surgery your back is gonna hurt no matter what for the rest of your life. that's just how it goes and it does suck. do whatever makes you feel the best since the damage has already been done. that's all you can do. you can't undo what's already been done. you just have to cope with it the best you can.