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Stander vs. WB with sulky

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wayne Offiler, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. Wayne Offiler

    Wayne Offiler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    Want more productivity for next season, but I'm more comfortable standing than sitting (no ztr).
    Have a 52" Bunton Hydro, 18 hp, with a Proslide. With larger tires, I top out at about 5 mph.
    Has anyone gone from a WB/sulky to a Stander or Surfer? Much of a gain? Pros and cons of standing riders?
    (I suppose my mowing speed would increase some, but would an outlay of $6000 or so re-pay itself?
  2. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    I would think that you would gain productivity with a stander mostly at the turns. The other factor I would think that a stander might benefit you would be on hillsides.

  3. You might be able to get more speed by installing a smaller v belt pulley on the hydro pump.
  4. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 835

    i dont have a stander due to lack of a dealer around me but i would like to own one. the z's and walk behinds are all long machines and the stander is more compact. it would fit on smaller res properties better than a walkbehind with a sulky, turning would b easier and steering a stander is easier than pistol grips. also when you are on a sulky the machine pulls you and if you hit a bump u bounce. i think that the stander would reduce the vibration caused by bumps on the lawns and would be more confortable.
  5. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

  6. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    I stand by my comments. I thought this looked familiar, thanks Alan. I will add that the Stander increased productivity greatly over my previous use of WBs with sulky and is well worth the $$$.
  7. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    If you want to stand and go faster, just buy a Grwat Dane 52" Scamper w/velkie. Mine goes 7.5 MPH stock. No joke. I believe a 52" is close to $4,300. But GD's w/bs don't have floating decks. However I have never scalped, but my lawns are generally flat.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I email GD yesterday about the speed of the Super Surfer, here is the response to the question of ground speed.

    The Super Surfer ground speed is 8.5MPH Forward and 4MPH reverse.

    Thank you,
    Tina Mason
    Great Dane Power Equipment
    Sales Assistant
    Phone: 812-218-7100 Ext: 230
    Fax: 812-218-7101

    Yes, you can get a little more speed, but can 1 mph justify the many $000's to get one? Yes in close spaces it probably would be faster and more productive than a w/b, but in regular conditions there isn't much difference. I guess its a personal preference.
  9. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    If you have good knees and back the velkie will be ok. I have the Scamper with velkie and used it most of the day Friday and my knees were killing me all weekend. The stander or surfer will be much better on your knees and back if you plan on using it as your main mower over time.
  10. K9LWT

    K9LWT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    The stander also goes 8.5mph-it's much more stable than a wb with a sulky.

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