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Will a 52 Stander Rut?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnkeeper, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. Lawnkeeper

    Lawnkeeper LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 31

    Just talked to dealer, good price, drove around in his lot to see if it was worth setting up a real demo. It was worth it. I have my eye on a 52 and heard about some rutting problems with standers.

    Will a 52 stander rut?
    Under what conditions?
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    Any mower will rut in the right conditions. My 61" never really gave me a problem accept when I got it stuck on a ditch once or twice.... Do the demo......but you will need to use it for a day or 2 to really get the feel......

  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Most of the rutting problems you will here about Standers come from the 36" model or people who mow in the same direction EVERY time! :nono: . The 36" has very narrow tires in the back and still carries some weight, so it has a tendency to rut. We have 48"'s and 52"'s and never have a problem unless you are mowing a swamp. ;)

  4. Legacy

    Legacy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160


    They rut and they rut pretty badly in some cases.
  5. scottt

    scottt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    No more than any other mower would. Don't mow when your feet sink in the ground and don't run over the same exact tracks every time and you'll be fine. The older 36" is different, it uses very narrow tires and can cause ruts much easier.
  6. Legacy

    Legacy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    They rut MUCH worse than a walk behind and probably as bad as some riders!
  7. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    If you counter rotate correctly and are slow enough in turning, you will have no problem w/ rutting. In my experience with Standers, it's when you go into a turn with a lot of speed that you rut. I've spent many hours on a 52 Stander and have had no problem at all. I've found that because the machine is much lighter than a Z, it takes a lot to rut.
  8. snap12.5

    snap12.5 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 288

    They rut MUCH worse than a walk behind and probably as bad as some riders!
    Yesterday 04:17 PM

    It is important to note that the tires on a typical walk behind are much smaller than those of a 48" or 52" stander. A 52" stander has 10in tires. My walk behind has 6.5in tires. Quite a big difference!
  9. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I have never had any ruts with my 52" standers. I have gotten it stuck. But never rutted with it.
  10. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    I've never rutted our 48's yet...you can tear up any yard with any mower, it's all in operator care and training. If a yard is soft enough to sink your feet, it's too wet to cut with any mower...

    I'd like to hear some more from Legacy about his extensive expertise / owership / useage in the field of Wright Standers, please

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