Wright Stander or ZTR????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chrisvinky, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    I am just starting my business and ideally, I would like to get a 52" and a 36" mower. The 52" would be used for bigger 3/4 acre and up properties, and the 36" for smaller properties. My dilemma is whether to buy a 52" ztr or a wright stander. I think for the 36", I would like a stander or an Exmark walk behind with a sulky. I have really just started to look at the standers and I like them, but the closest dealer is 80 miles away. What do you guys think.
  2. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Messages: 7,472

    I think for a guy starting a business (in August?), who presumably doesn't have a lawn under his belt (as we're imagining what lawns the mowers might be used on), buying 2 new machines without any positive income is a big mistake.

    But that's just what I think.

    If I was in your shoes, I would opt for a 36" walk behind and throw a stand-on sulky behind it for larger lawns.

    After a few mean cutting seasons (or some large accounts w/contracts in hand), if you're still around. . . think more deck.
  3. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    I really don't plan on ramping up 'till next year, but I want to get my equipment before then. I am really thinking of buying used, not new.

    Most of the larger, more prominent houses around here (the ones I am targeting) have 1+ acre lots. Would a 36" really be big enough for these lots??
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I like the concept of the Wright Stander...looks like it would be easy to control and you can see everything since you are standing.
  5. BLKSS

    BLKSS LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 82

    I think a 36 would be good. IMOP
  6. cutedge

    cutedge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 99

    I love my Standers!
  7. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    I looked at a 36 stander and ended up ordering another 36" hydro bobcat with sulky. The stander looks nice but I didn't like the controls. The controls should be adjustable, for me if I wanted to move my hands from the front to back levers I had to let go of the levers, which I didn't like. The concept is good but they should make it adjustable so you can move the levers in closer and are not spread apart so far. My dad tried it also and had the same problem and said he didn't like it.
  8. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    Go with the Stander. I got a Gravely Stander and it will smoke the Hustler hydro WB I used to have. People will talk about the controls being weird but once you use them for a few days it will become second nature. Since you are just starting out the Standers will give you a mix of both in one machine.
  9. Turf66

    Turf66 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I run out several isuzu's daily and I can honestly say that my highest use mowers are the 36" Exmarks/Turf tracers with hydro and the second highest use is the 44" Exmark HP rider. I use almost exclusively walk behinds and only use riders in the larger turf areas. Now having said that, I cut a lot of all inclusive neighborhoods and condos so this seems to fit my needs. I have a friend that cuts every yard he has with a 52" or bigger and it looks like someone took a machete to them! he thinks the bigger the mower the faster he can get done and the more houses he can cut, well I have seen his employees tear up yards left and right and he has lost business because of this. I would start with the smaller mower and start putting money into some advertising and maybe start getting some quality trimmers, edgers, blowers and you guys seem to blow alot of snow up there so year around money is something to think about. A 36" mower will go through most gates, I bought the new 40" Toro/Hydro walk behind and it won't fit through some of the gates that i have to go in so you will always need a back up plan. Good Luck!
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,568

    I don't understanding targeting both small and large properties which necessitates get two sizes of mowers. I would target one or the other and usually it is cheaper to focus on small lawns when starting. For small lawns use a Wright Sentar 36" is has a seat and you could do an property up to one acre if you had to.

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