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Wright Stander

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TL1981, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. TL1981

    TL1981 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 120

    I have been doing some looking around at local dealers at WBs, ZTRs and just today got interested in the Wright Standers. I really like the idea of the versatility they offer for small/med residential properties which is what I am targeting. What do you guys think... 36" or 42"? They are essentially the same price. I know the 36" would be awesome for the small gates but for the most part the 42 should do just fine I think.

    What do you Wright Standers owners think???
  2. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    I did a search today on standers. There's a lot of information to sift through if you use the search function.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    Well we have a Sentar Sport 36" for about 4 years. Under heavy use they have some problems. We are presently having a new engine but on at 1900 hours. We do a lot of small 10K size yards and have come to the conclusion a WB does just fine and a lot cheaper. We just got the new SnapperPro dual hydro with adj. deck. We will not buy any more standers too expensive and no big advantages. Wecontinue to use several scag hydro and old snappers that are dual.
  4. Landmark Lawnscapes LLC

    Landmark Lawnscapes LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I love using wright standers, the versatility of these mowers is matched by none. You can mow steeper grades and more area than any walk-behind. I have used walk behinds in the past, being able to stand on a mower and not have to walk is very nice. I would mow maybe 8-10 medium sized residential yards with a walk-behind in one day, I would be exhausted at the end of the day. When we changed from walk-behinds to the standers we never looked back. They are a little tricky to get used to but after a few yards you get the hang of it rather easily. We went from averaging 8-10 medium sized yards to mowing a minimum of 25 yards a day. I highly recommend the standers to anyone interested. It will definitely improve your productivity.

    Hope this helps.
  5. ejojr

    ejojr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    awesome machines. we run 4 of them everyday, with few problems. regular maintenance, the occasional belt or blade switch, they cut great. plus, they save a lot of space on the trailers. Only thing I noticed is that the catchers only seem to last a year or so before the rot out on the bottom, and the mesh breaks.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    We took a look at data between two crews one with Sentar Sport and the other guys had a Scag dual hydro. There was basically no difference in the number of small yards we did over almost a full year of watching the data. You can only go so fast on small lawns and you have to be alot more careful with the Sentar or you can make divits in turns. I don't know where you get all those gains? And the sentar now cost twice as much and has more problems than most walkbehinds.
  7. BCL Services

    BCL Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    I don't know how you are not seeing the gains? More problems, that is just crazy. They are bulletproof. But hey go with what works for you.....:walking:
  8. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    Sentar Sport is really a different mower and can have more problems.

    Hydro walkbehind 36 probably lookin at 4k+ new(bobcat, scag, toro...)
    Stander 36 I think we are selling for about 5k+tax

    Even a Sentar Sport 36 shouldnt be close to 8k...
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    Here is a list:
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,456

    1. Kaw dropped piston at 1900 hours....I service weekly ran synthetic
    2. Spindles went out at 600 and then 1200 and then I put in scag spindles
    3. Starter relay goes out about every 6 months
    4. Hydro belts go at 6 months....have you tried replacing one?
    5. Hydro belt idler out at 2 year point....even harder than putting on belt
    6. RH bushing out at 4 years....probably will have to disassemble unit
    to replace that
    7. Front wheel bushings for forks worn at 2 years...greased weekly
    8. Stupid brake device wears tires down .....got bungy cords holding them.
    9. Interlock mechanism on the brake has all kinds of wear in it and now
    we actuate manually to start the engine.
    10 Throttle cable breaks yearly.....routing is just bad
    11. Hydro lines wore holes in them due to sitting on engine...had to re- engineer all the lines with heavy tubing.
    12. Kaw leaking oil under flywheel at around 500 hrs.
    Now compared to Scag 36" or Snapper 36" with $500 Kohler on them and
    spindles that never fail with twice the usage....well the cost is a LOT less. That engine will cost $2K alone. Done finished with these units. We will
    keep that Stander for warranty of new engine then it will be sold.

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