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Standers vs. ztr sitting...Which is better?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SouthernYankee, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    In terms of fatigue what is a better way to go? Is the stander harder on the body than a ztr? I have never run a stander, so I dont know about them and I would like to know more.
  2. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I have spent alot of hours on a 52" Wright Stander and I own a Gravely 260Z. I can tell you that the stander really jars you around. The smaller tires on the stander add to the bumpiness. I wish the stander had some way of absorbing impact on the footplate you stand on, sort of like a suspension seat. I can't speak for any other Z, but from my experience, sitting down isn't nearly as taxing on the body.
  3. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    John deere standers and great dane standers have a platform you stand on with 6 springs under it. Makes the ride easier on the operator.
  4. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    My back aches pretty bad after a short time on a stander, but never hurts on my Z's. Get a suspension seat on the rider, and you will be very happy!
  5. butler L&S

    butler L&S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I run both and like to change things up. I will stand on some properties and sit on others. I find that the Stander is genarally better for tighter spots and the Lazer is faster on larger more open areas.
  6. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I have a bad back (suck at the young age of 19). I can't ride on a ztr for more than an hour or so. Since when you sit down your back is bent. So all the pressure is put on that point of your back. Which equals pain. Were as the stander you are standing, your back is straight. So the pressure on the back is applied evenly. But the your feel hurt, but a nice set of hiking boots will take care of that. I am not any more tired riding a stander all day that I would be riding a ztr (if i could). :p
  7. terracare

    terracare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    We demo'ed a 36 inch stander and didn't really like it. It costs just as much as a ZTR. We ended up getting a gravely 34z for our gated accounts.

  8. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    I recall a member that used some sort of dense foam rubber matting on their sulky. I see no reason something like this couldn't be used on the Stander platform too.
  9. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    My back problems disappeared when I switched to a WB with a velke. A lot less fatigue at the end of the day, which sounds odd considering that you are standing most of that time. I cant explain it.
  10. Yard Perfect

    Yard Perfect LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    If quality of life and longevity is important, than I suggest that you walk. I have 80 weeklies, I am 57 and refuse to walk or sit. Maybe I should add that at 57 I have yet to miss my first day of work as an adult. Keep moving, the money will take care of itself and who knows you might live longer.

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