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Wright Stander vs. Great Dane

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Turf Ranger, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. Turf Ranger

    Turf Ranger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    hey i was wanting to be a hydro walk- behind, but the cost run at 4 to 5k. so today i went out and looked at the wright stander and the great dane surfer... both 36''.... which is better for the money... thanks for the help
  2. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    I bought a 36" Stander, 2 years ago this month. Was one of the best investments I ever made. I looked at both the Stander and the Dane, but felt that the Stander was more solid, comfortable to use and operate, plus, it is the "original". If I am correct in my understanding, the Dane was a copy of Bill Wrights concept for a stand on machine, which was hurridly put together so it would hit the market prior to the official debut of the Stander.
    I would definately go with the Stander, I have had little if any problems ... two spindles replaced and two hydro belts and I have about 800 hours on mine in two years. BTW, both spindles were covered under warranty, so no out of pocket expense. One word of advise, if your Hydro belt goes, don't replace it with a Wright belt, they aren't the best belts ... find a Dayton or Dayco - "4L-500", much better belt ... will last alot longer!

    Good Luck .....
  3. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    Turf Ranger- I have the 52" Stander and I also think it was one of my best investments. This is my second season with it, and it has about 550 hours on it. My machine just blew the hydro belt about 2 weeks ago. That's really it. Overall, a great machine.
  4. Andrews Lawn

    Andrews Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Go with the Wright Stander-

    I am the third person on this thread to say Wright, so its pretty obvious which machine is superior. You can just tell by looking at them that Wright Standers are better built machines than Great Dane Super Surfers. Now I heard rumors that the old Surfers might be better built than the new Deere made- Super's, but they are still no comparison.

    I own a 52 Wirght Stander now with over 800 hrs. on it and hopefully next year i can buy a 36 inch one like you want to.

    Go Wright, you won't regret it.
  5. Turf Ranger

    Turf Ranger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    thanks guys i really appreciate the help and advice. I will have to talk it over with my dad- my main partner, and save a little more, but i think i will go wright.. thanks again
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,702

    One thing you might want to consider is the future avail. of parts ON A TIMELY BASIS in this part of the country. The distributor for Wright in this part of the country is located here in Denton, Tx. They are closing down their operation and going back to Ohio where they came from. At this time it does not look like there will be a Wright distributor, or local parts supply, for any of the states around here. More than one dealer here in north Texas is going to quit selling the Wright machines due to loss of local dist. support. They will still service them, but parts will have to come from the factory most likely. I think this will effect Okl. also. Wright may set up another distributor, but that is not for certain, and it may take some time. If the Wright distributor for your area is(was) Hayward Supply, then this applies to your locale.:(
  7. TotalLawn

    TotalLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    BA L&G is the only dealer in this area that I know of the carries the Great Dane. Bloss carries the Wright Stander. I would go with the Wright!!!!

    Just my opinion.
  8. Cut This!

    Cut This! LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Can anyone comment on the cut quality of either the 36" Super Surfer or the 36" Wright Stander?

    How many blades does the 36" Stander have?
  9. I wouldn't assume the distribution is going to be worse. They may just be eleminating some middle men.
    Isn't it Exmark who gurantees parts by the next day?

    I live within sight of Airborne Express Hub here in Wilmington OH. They have a huge complexes of warehouses that even very small businesses can rent a portion of. Some of my kids have worked there as parts pullers for different tennants. Some businesses take parts orders up until midnight!

    Wouldn't that be great? You break down one day, work on your mower way into the night. You decide you can't fix the part, and that you need a new one. So you just go to the phone or order it online, and you have it by 10:00 AM the next day!
    The guy from Airborne says it saves businesses so much on inventory, it's cheaper even with the cost of air freight.

    I don't KNOW that Wright is doing something like this, but in todays' market it would be foolish not too.

  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I've rode on both of them several times. I felt much more secure and in control on the Wright. The Dane I felt like I could fall off any minute.

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