Wright Stander vs. Walk-behind with sulky

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wayne Offiler, Jun 3, 2001.

  1. Wayne Offiler

    Wayne Offiler LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    I presently have a 52" Bunton hydro with a Proslide. 18 HP Vanguard pulls quite well, but machine is not designed for high speed.
    I estimate my top speed at 4 to 4 1/2 MPH.
    I demoed a 52" Wright Stander in a parking lot, so do not have a feel for its mowing capability.
    Question is, would I be gaining much in productivity by going to the Stander?
    Has anyone gone from a WB/sulky set up to a Stander? Comments?
  2. SummitFarmer

    SummitFarmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Some things that I didn't like about the stander was that it took away the "out front" deck that the W/B had and that at 6'5", that additional 8-10" it raised me up in the air took away some low branch areas I could get to before.
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Plus with the Standers and that overall design, you are no longer able to push down on the handles and lift the front of the deck to get over obstacles/or whatever. Just a thought.
  4. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    The speed of a Stander is about 7-8 MPH. I only demoed one a little on the turf and it got around pretty good. You definately loose some tree clearance though. It isn't as awkward as I first thought it to be.

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    i tried one for a day last week i think it was a very maneauverable machine,i think you can get many places closer....cut was good , same as above posts cannot get around trees well at all and i stand6' 3''

    and did not like it the way it made me stand
  6. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    I have a stander & love it. The only drawbacks are the afore mentioned tree problem, and the fact that the deck & wheel widths are both equal. Not having an offset deck makes trimming around obstacles & trees etc. more difficult than with the WB's.
  7. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    All thoes standers have the same hydro controls as my Scamper. But with my Scamper I can do trees better and control the front end with my body and arm rather than the hydros on rough terrain. I like my w/b just fine. I'm just stubborn.
  8. danlawnser

    danlawnser LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    I would go with a great dane scamper and put a sulky on it that has casters. I think the scamper goes like 7 mph. It would be cheaper too.
  9. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 299

    I demo'd a great dane super surfer and I did not like it.Everytime you would hit a bump it would send a pain up my back and the front wheels came up of the ground on inclines but I am 300 pounds!What I did like is that you can step off the platform and the mower stays running as long as you hold down the controls,so now you have a scamper type walk behind too for trees and hills.
  10. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I have a great dane surfer, same thing basically, and i love it. Used it as a rental for a few days before i bought it and i hated it because of the situation with trees, but got used to it quick. You may want to look at a great dane if they sell them around where you are, the new super surfer has wider tires, and the center of gravity is changed to make it more stable, looks great.

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