What is the Best Mower for me? Your Opinions Please

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SouthernYankee, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    Well some of you know that I was about to move to Atlanta this summer, but my girlfriend has decided to move back to Houston to be closer to her father, so it looks like I am Texas bound. I have found very little info about Houston since there seems to be more people here for Ga than Houston, so I would like your input. I have been to Houston but that was last year for the Super Bowl so I wasnt focused on landscaping.

    From what I take it there are a lot of small , gated yards so I need something that will fit through small fences, but I really dont want to get a hydro 36", I would rather a ztr or maybe a stander. I guess some guys in Florida can relate to Houston since there are a lot of smaller size lawns with Gates also. Will be cutting a lot of st.augustine grass. Any input is welcome. thanks everyone I dont know what I would do with out this site sometimes and all of your help is appreicated. thanks

    44" exmark hp
    36" wright stander
    36" gravely ztr
    36" dixie chopper ztr
    48" Cub Cadet ztr with the z wing that folds
  2. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    The best option I can see for you (from your list) is the 36" Wright stander. I would rather use the 36" Exmark hydro with a proslide in case you run into 32" gates since you can always lift up a side and muscle it through. Can't do that with the heavier machines.
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    32", 36" or 42" stander is your best choices.
  4. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    I would say a stander as well. When you are working in tight areas with a Z you need to be careful not to take a fence out with the back of the z...

    A stander would be nice since you can easily manuever and see right behind your feet...

    Even a sulky can sometime get in the way when trying to turn in the corner of a fence....

    I would assume you can step off a stander and walk behind it on hills if they were to steep but maybe not...
  5. leafitalawn

    leafitalawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I am in North Houston and I find that a 36" won't fit most med/small residentials where I am. I just got a 32" stander and it's great. It fits the gates of all my accounts except for 2 of them.
  6. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    32" or 36" stander.
  7. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    who makes a 32" stander???
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Wright, I believe.
  9. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    i Can't Believe Guys are Recommending the 32" Stander w/out ever Using One...It's a New Model...Wait for some Feedback. No one has Ever Cut a Blade of Grass w/them. They Could Be and Likely Will be a Rutting Nightmare.

    On Very Small Gated Lawns a Quality 21" is Usually your Best Option.

    After that 36" Hydro Walk Floaters.....mabe the New Wright 36" w/Wider tires but Stay Away from Tiny Riders.

  10. SouthernYankee

    SouthernYankee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    what about rutting problems with the standers that are 36"?

    I was thinking about that cub cadet z wing that fits in gates

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