Who uses standers to mow small residential yards?

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  1. kse1221

    kse1221 LawnSite Member
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    Trying to get an idea if its feasible to use a stander for small residential yards. Access issues as well as brands and pros and cons would be appreciated.
  2. mowing4cash

    mowing4cash LawnSite Member
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    All we use are 36" standard. Average yard is .25 acre.

    20 yards in a 8 hour day with a crew of two that are focused on work. That is from shop to shop with 1 house per stop.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use a 52" Vride on everything. Average lawn size is around 14K
  4. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    my 48in grandstand does most/all my small residential jobs, I run a two man crew 24 jobs 10 hrs. I run two mowers as much as I can. A bunch of jobs I can do multiple with out moving the truck as well as two I drive close to 20 miles to get to, but they pay very well. a few I wish I had a 36in walk behind but I get alone fine for now.
  5. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns Banned
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    Must be nice to have them "open" lots. :laugh: I just ran through every one of my customers properties in my head and I can't think of ONE I could fit a 48" in the back lawn. Even my acre lots don't have a gate that big. :laugh:
  6. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    Haha I wish 4 of them only leave me a 1in or so to spare getting threw a gate the same ones by the time you get 10ft you have to turn around or go around something. Also have 2 cemetery's that I wouldn't be caught dead with my stander. The rest and pretty easy going.
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  7. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns Banned
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    I hear you. I bet you do have some tight spots with the 48". Did you just get a good deal on it? I would have looked into a 36 if I was in your situation, but you know your properties better than me. :laugh:

    Don't get me wrong, nothing against standers, if I wanted to drop that kind of cash I would have one on the trailer now, the walk behind with the sulky was well within my budget with money to spare. :laugh:
  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    a 36" can mow a lot of grass, especially in the form of a stander or with a velke.

    draw backs to the stander are generally the same as a rider.
    Guy tend to scuff up the turf with the turns, they get lazy and focus on going too fast and turning.

    Turning in tight areas can be frustrating.

    The intermediate walk behind has always been king of the small to medium residential yard.

    Just that guys who have a full range of all yard types will benefit more over all from a Stander.

    This pretty much quenches the WB market.

    Wright standers come in 32 and 36" sizes. I dint think anyone else makes a 32" stander.

    A stander is a good choice for small residential lawns unless we are talking about 'dinky', then they will tend to do a lot of turf damage as there is more turning and maneuvering than striping.

    a good general rule for "too big of a mower" is, if you can't cut the lawn in more than one pattern, the mower you are using is too big for the space.
  9. smokenjoe_10

    smokenjoe_10 LawnSite Member
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    At the time I had a X324 with a 48in deck, when I got to the point of needing another mower I wanted another 48in so I could match lines, now with a 54in on my X739 it leaves me no option but to deal with a 48 on smaller yards. If I keep growing like I am the grandstand will be getting traded in for a John Deere stander and at the same time I'll work in a 36in walk behind.
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  10. Doug8949

    Doug8949 LawnSite Member
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    Smokin joe how do you like the x739 does it do hills good and do you have pics of how it cuts I have a x534 right know and looking at replacing it

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