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Whos got a Stand-on

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Two Rivers, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Two Rivers

    Two Rivers LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 48

    If you have a Toro Grand Stand, Exmark Vantage or Scag V Ride.. Give your input pros/cons.. and how many fit on the trailer.. These mowers are new to my area and would appericate your opinion :waving:
  2. Baytownlawncare

    Baytownlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    I picked up Scag V-ride last week. It has taken some getting used to but I have pretty much mastered the controls (never driven a zero turn until last week). The front end will pop up when I load it on the trailer if I am standing on it. I just walk behind it and load it. It seems really solid and look forward to cutting some of my larger properties with it soon.
  3. Williams-Landscaping

    Williams-Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    I picked up my 48" v ride last week and love it. I back mine onto the trailer makes loading and unloading easier
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  4. yard_dawg

    yard_dawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    got my 36 inch v ride last week for back yards with small gates. yes it will pop the front wheels up when loading, we just back ours on to the truck each time.
  5. Puckdropper23

    Puckdropper23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Great tips....I just bought a 48" V-Ride last week, but havent taken possession yet. I hadn't thought about backing it onto the trailer but I will certainly give it a try.
  6. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I have a 48 Grandstand . Small footprint with the fold up platform. Only way to go for smaller lawns and versatility on hills and around ditches. I used to have an Exmark TTHP WB with a Proslide. I would never go back to a WB or a sulkie or a Proslide.
  7. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Have 3 GS's right now have had 4 and 3 Wrights, 1 Great Dane and 1 JD Quik Trac. Only way to fly for 3 acres and under in this area.
  8. joemower

    joemower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    I have used the 2 Grandstands in our fleet for the past two seasons. Love them. Have two more on order. We can fit a 52" GS, 48" GS, a 48" Walker, and 2 Toro push mowers on a 16' landscape bed truck. You should be able to put at least three GS on an average trailer.

    I have used both Grandstands & V-Rides. They both cut excellent. V-Rides are faster but more suited for a fleet mower. I prefer the Grandstands for their operator comfort. Either or would be a great investment. Try them all out for yourself to see which one best suites your needs. From my experience I think the stand-ons are here to stay.
  9. f50lvr2

    f50lvr2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I've always been a walk-behind type of guy and still think for smaller residential applications they are unbeatable. But, last year I bought an Exmark Vantage (52", 24hp) and have been very pleased.

    Just like you would expect they bridge the gap between wb's and sit down ztr's. Cut quality is excellent although I do wish the 52" had available anti-scalp wheels. The comfort is the main reason I switched, I was getting too tired with the wb's and beaten up on the riders. My back pain has virtually been eliminated. Also, the weight is pretty good in that it doesn't sink in too much.

    Exmark advertises that you can use the vantage as a walk-behind by folding the platform up. You can, but traction suffers dramatically. When standing on it the hillside stability is very good. My main complaints are that it doesn't stripe as well as I would have hoped, it's a bit of a gas hog with the 24hp kawasaki, and the bagging options aren't great (although no worse than a walk-behind).

    Overall I like the stander-style machine, especially if you have a bad back. My Exmark was around $7k out the door. I consider it a good value compared to a full-featured rider and am happy with it overall.
  10. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Bump for more responses..... Whats better The Grandstand or Vantage?

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