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Wright 36i or 42i??

Gwinnett Lawns

LawnSite Member
Location
Atlanta GA
Ok so I am going to pick up a new mower next week and am torn between the Wright 36i or 42i. Price difference is only $25 more. I know the 36 is super popular but anyone here use the 42? The only thing I heard once is the blades are longer on the 42 and has slighty lower blade speed. Dont know if that make much difference. Both will fit through my gates....barely.
 

sehitchman

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
West, GA
I was very interested in the 42, seems it will go wherever a 36 would. Then I looked at it, the 42 due to the angled deck and forward protruding left caster it is about a foot longer than the 36, I'm guessing but did measure it at the dealer. Its even longer than the 52. It is on the same small frame as the 36, so you better be a good operator to avoid turf tear, rutting and compaction. So as much as I like the Wright, I'm going to take a look at the Exmark 44 stander when my dealer gets one in. Still considering the Wright, but didn't like the long length and the trailer space it would occupy. I need a smaller gate mower, and currently use 36 and 44 hydro walk-behinds, but would like to increase my speed on these properties.
 

sehitchman

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
West, GA
And what 44 hydro walk do you use? There aren’t any.
Correct! I'm still running my BOP hydros, not sure how much longer I can get a season out of them. Just not anything in a hydro walk between 36 - 48. Tried a small frame stander, but it didn't work safely with my hills. Difficult to justify this size for a mower that only sees 6-8 hours every couple weeks, but I've got a couple of huge small gated properties.
 

Turf Tracer

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Niagra NY
Yes small frame Standers suck here also. Will be picking up the 44 Staris Spring. Hopefully better than the 36 Standers I’ve run. Will go back quick if it slides.
 

dishboy

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
zone 6
The new eXmark Staris 44 looks better than 42i if it fits. More compact.
44" FS600 -fail for mulching in difficult conditions unless running minimal lift. 18 horse walker just enough for a 42" with low lift blade. Gear boxes much more efficient than belts .
 

dishboy

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
zone 6
True. I may look at a repower w/Kohler ZT740 if mower is any good. Could box the FS600 for a 36 when needed.
Make sure you check out the repower closely. If they are running the jackshaft off the flywheel to run hydros like like my early Walker you will need a exact fit height of engine and shaft length to match up.
 
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