Stand on mowers are the new big “thing” in the lawn care industry. I’m sure you have seen plenty of them around your area. There are several reasons why people are beginning to switch to these mowers. In this article, I will discuss the benefits of a stand on mower, who a stander is for, and the best stand on mowers in 2021.
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Why Stand On Mowers?
One word. Productivity. Stand on mowers allow you or your crews to be more productive and cut more grass in less time. They are quicker than zero turns and easy to maneuver around the obstacle.
Basically, stand ons allow you to get in and out of “zero turns” much quicker. The machine is shorter and weighs less so it is quicker to turn around. It is also quicker to make quick cuts without tearing up the turf.
This has been a known problem and complaint of many zero turns. Turning too quickly or sharp can cause damage to the grass. This is much less likely on a stand on.
Another benefit that may appeal to larger crews is the ability to fit more on a trailer. You can easily fit three stand on mowers on a trailer that usually holds two zero turns.
Stand ons are also great for residential applications because getting on/off the mower in between yards is much faster. This may not seem like a huge deal but even 30 seconds per yard, when doing 30 yards a day is 15 minutes. 15 minutes a day for a week is over an hour. You get my point… even small amounts of time add up and lose money.
Overall, stand ons are time saving machines that do less damage to turf because of being lighter than a normal zero turn mower.
Who are Standers for?
In general, stand on mowers will be ideal for lawn care and landscaping companies. There are some homeowners with larger properties or hills where a stand on would be appropriate. However, in most cases stand on mowers will be for lawn care professionals.
Stand ons are actually appropriate in about every application except, for example, a huge field. They are more ideal for residential properties and commercial properties with many buildings, obstacles, etc.
When determining whether or not you should get a stand on or not you should take into account two things. How many “zero turns” will you be making and how many obstacles are in your mowing areas.
The more zero turns there is the more time you will save because a stand on is quicker out of their turns than a ZTR. The more obstacles there are will also add up time saved because of getting out of cuts quicker.
This is obviously a case-by-case basis but a stand on is suitable for so many applications. Having the excuse of “I don't want to stand all day” isn't a very good one since standing is actually better for you and a much more shock absorbable position than sitting.
Trust me, I know this first hand… Go ride a fixed frame machine for a week and then ride a stand on for a week to see for yourself.
1. Ferris Z2 and Z3X
The Ferris Z2 and the new Ferris Z3X are incredible machines. They are somewhat similar to the Wright standers with a couple of noticeable differences. They are actually my personal favorite stand ons for several reasons.
First, they have suspension in the standing platform. This makes the ride so smooth… almost like their zero turn mowers' ride.
They also have an awesome two-position PTO feature. There is a sensor on the platform so when you step off the blades shut off but not the mower (instead of having to pull the parking brake, shut off the PTO, then get off the mower). This is a major time saving that you will find when using the mower.
The Ferris Z3X is also the only stand on in the industry that offers Vanguard Oil Guard as an engine option. This is a major time and money saver when it comes to changing the oil and engine longevity.
Finally, the mowers are very compact and quick. They have unreal power and probably the fastest stand ons I've been on. Especially the Z3… the thing goes 12 MPH. That's fast standing up!
Video from: Nickens Lawn and Landscape
2. Wright ZK and X
Wright is the OG of stand ons. They were the first to come out with them and have continued to make an awesome machine for many years. The Wright ZK is their large mower and very similar to the Ferris Z3X. It is fast, compact, and a great overall mower.
They come in second for one reason and it's because their controls are a little more difficult to use than the controls on Ferris. This is a small thing that takes getting used to but it doesn't hinder the performance of the mower. It is a great design of a stand on. They are also the shortest stand on… that's beneficial for trailer space, quickness, and navigating obstacles.
Personally, I'm not a fan of how the Wright mowers deck and engine are connected. Meaning when you lower the deck you also lower the engine. This causes the deck to be even heavier when raising and lowering it.
You definitely can't go wrong with a Wright stand on. They are a proven mower than has many great features and offers an unbelievable cut.
Video by: Scooter's Lawn Care
3. Scag V-Ride II
The Scag V-Ride II is an incredible stand-on mower. The best part about this mower or any other Scag is the cut quality. These things lay down an amazing cut and flawless stripes. One complaint that I have about this mower is the pad that you lean against. It is kind of uncomfortable and not my favorite.
One minor flaw is having one gas tank on the right side. It makes the mower very unbalanced on hills. This isn’t a huge problem but something that can make a little difference.
The V-Ride II is a HUGE improvement from the original V-Ride. It features a larger platform with smoother controls. It also has the platform sensor but unlike on the Ferris, the mower actually shuts off if the blades are on and you step off.
Overall This mower is pretty well built and is VERY fast!
Video by: B & B Lawn Care
4. Toro Grandstand
The Grandstand mower has improved a ton over the past few years. It is a solid mower that has easy access for maintenance and has a great quality of cut.
A couple of complaints I see is a problem with weight distribution because of the fold-down platform. It causes too much wait on the back of the mower to cause the mower to “3 wheels” a lot of hills”. There are some weights you can put on the front to solve this.
Another minor problem is not having mud flaps. This kind of stinks if you are in any kind of terrain that may throw stuff on you. Also, many people use the wheel guards to stand on when mowing on hills to get more traction… this can't be done on a grandstand.
I like how the gas tank is centered on the machine allowing the center of gravity to be balanced and low. This provides good traction on hillsides.
Overall, this mower is very good. It is quality built and does pretty well on hillsides and around obstacles.
Video by: Moe's Outdoor Equipment & Supplies
5. Gravely Pro-Stance
The Gravely Pro-Stance is a solid machine that has a fair cut quality. I do have a few complaints about this mower though.
The length of the mower is very long… folding up the platform allows it to be shorter on trailers however it makes the mower slower on “zero turns.” The length of the mower does allow it to stick very well onto hills.
The gas tank is also centered on the rear wheels just like the Grandstand which is great for stability.
My favorite feature of this mower is the foot deck adjustment. Being able to raise and lower the deck with your foot while mowing is so convenient. It is much more difficult to do this with all of the other stand ons that only have hand deck adjustments.
Overall, this mower is pretty good. I would say if you can get a good deal on one then it is worth it but if prices are the same I would go a different direction.
Video by: Florida Turf Pros
6. Cub Cadet Pro X
The Cub Cadet Pro X mower is the new kid on the block. It is a brand new unit that was released at the 2019 GIE Expo. There are a lot of things you will like about this mower. The stand-on appears to be a good mix of the Wright, Scag, and Ferris mowers.
This stand-on may turn out to be the mower you've been waiting for. It has a suspension platform, adjustable thigh pad, amazing deck lift assist, and many more features. When you really dive into the details of this mower it is obvious that Cub Cadet really listened to their customer's wants and needs.
The only question mark we have is the cut quality of this machine. We have no reason to doubt it, however, we have used other Cub Cadet units before that use a very similar deck design. Otherwise, this unit appears to be well built and has all the bells and whistles that we've been wanting.
7. Bad Boy Revolt
The Bad Boy Revolt stand-on mower came onto the scene in 2018. Overall, we have seen positive feedback from the unit. Spec for spec we would say the mower is comparable to the others on the list. There are a few things we would like to see improved like the height of cut adjustment and improved cut quality.
The best part about the mower is the price point. It is a low-priced unit compared to similar 48″ and 54″ cut stand-on mowers.
Best Stand-On for Hills
One of the key advantages of a stand on over a zero turn mower is stability on hills. Every mower on the list above will probably outperform the majority of sit-on zero turn mowers on hill stability. There are two units that we think really come out on top when it comes to hills. These two units are the Wright ZK and the Ferris Z3X.
What is the best stand on for getting inside small gates?
Almost all of the brands mentioned above have a 36″ model. All of those will be fairly similar and can't really go wrong with any of them. If you are in need of a 32″ stand on mower there are only a few.
Scag V-Ride II, Wright Stander B, and Gravely Pro Stance are my top picks for a 32″ stand on mower. I have personally demoed each of these. Most of them are only about a year or two old. This market in the stand on world is relatively new. It seems like a lot of mower manufactures are beginning to follow suit though.
What is the cheapest stand on mower?
The cheapest stand on mower available that I have found is the Bradley stand ons. These are found online for sale and in some dealers. They are decently built mowers for what they are.
The downsides are the lack of dealer support, getting parts, and overall performance. These mowers are not bad but they definitely don't compare to some of the top brands in the stand on game. They are mediocre at best.
Where can I buy a stand on mower?
The best place to buy a stand on mower is at your local dealer. You will be able to find them by either searching for “lawn mower dealer + [your area]” or if you know what you want, search on a specific manufacturer's dealer locator.
I always recommend going through your local dealer when buying a commercial lawn mower because you will need them to service and repair the mower. In the lawn care industry, it is always a good idea to build a relationship with your local dealer.
As many know, this industry is very much based on relationships. Your dealer is no different. If you support them they will be there to support you when you need them.
It should be noted that not all dealers are created equal. Depending on your area the type of mower you end up getting may depend on which brands your local dealer carries. It is important to make sure you have a close and reliable dealer when buying commercial lawn mowers of any kind.
Who makes the best stand on mower?
This is definitely a topic for debate and depending on who you ask you will probably get a million different answers. In my opinion, you really can't go wrong with any of the stand on mowers above. They are all reputable and reliable brands that have been around a long time.
If it were me buying a stand on mower, I would go with a Ferris, Scag, or Wright depending on which had the best dealer support in my area. These are all very similar with a few minor differences. If you have the opportunity to demo these mowers I would highly suggest it as they all drive a little different and have slightly different setups/features.
Wrapping it up
That wraps up my thoughts on the stand on mower world. These awesome mowers are definitely the future of mowers. They have so many great benefits and increase the productivity of business a lot.
What do you think?
Which do you have or want? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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