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Question about stand-on mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TroutBum, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. TroutBum

    TroutBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    The only stand-on mower I have used is the grandstand. The return springs that bring the control leavers back to neutral are very stout on these machines and it is KILLING my hands to use this mower. I am wondering if any of the other stand-on mowers require less pressure applied to control leavers to drive the mower. Anyone know about this?
    With the grandstand you are constantly pushing these levers in order to drive the machine. Any stand-on mower have a seperate drive control leaver that controls speed, then steering control leavers that just control steering and staopping? Thanks.
  2. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    John Deere 647A is what I have. I don't have any problems with pushing them. VERY little force needed. I don't think there is anything like you described on the market except a Ferris DD with a sulky.
  3. TroutBum

    TroutBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Thank you. We do have a Deere dealer near by.
  4. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    My wright stander has very minimal spring tension,you can move both levers either way with one finger.Mower speed is controlled by the throttle which is a separate lever.Never tried a grandstand so I can't compare the springs,but I can tell you this,I can use my pinky finger to move the levers on my wright.
  5. Coastal Lawn Maintenance

    Coastal Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 485

    like said above i have a wright and it takes no effort to move the control arms
  6. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 491

    If the spring tension is the only thing you don't like, you should be able to find some other springs somewhere to replace the originals.
  7. Bob_n_weave

    Bob_n_weave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Have the dealer check it out. I have never had and problems with mine.
  8. TroutBum

    TroutBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I'm headed to the dealer today. They have had the grandstand for two weeks. Thanks for the info guys.
  9. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I had the same problem with my Grandstand when I first got it.......dealer was able to make adjustments
  10. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,398

    we have the same problem with one of our two grandstands...it should be a simple adjustment but the dealer wasn't able to figure it out last time and only made it worse...i'll be taking that one in here soon...in my opinion this should be one of that last things that could have gone wrong with the grandstand, their hydro drive system is one of the best

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