Stander vs sitting? Which mower is best for you?

When you are looking to buy a new lawn mower and thinking about getting something besides a walk behind, you have a bunch of options you can choose from. Some mowers allow you to stand on a platform while others let you sit down. Which one is better for you? You may think sitting down is better but you might be surprised to find that is not what lawn care business owners are saying.

A lawn care business owner wrote us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and asked “I have been a fan of ZTR mowers for a while now but I’m open to some advice on what I should be looking for in a new mower.¬† I am considering a stand-on mower next. The more I look around the more I see other lawn care business owners using stand ons. These machines look slick and compact, but I’d like for more information, or reviews about them. What are the pros and cons on having such a machines?

One of the benefits I can see immediately is their compact size. I could fit 3 stand-on mowers on my trailer”

Another lawn care business owner said “I love my stand on mower. I will never purchase another zero turn tractor again, unless I land a property with a lot of acres. But even then I would buy a tractor, not a lawn mower.

The standers have great viewing all around the mower. They have a quick response, easier to work on and maintain, and awesome to operate on slopes.

The only down side I can think of is that they can be a little light on the rear tires when turning. It takes a little while to get used to just like any new mower though.”

A second member shared “I like standing on the spring loaded platform. Your legs act like shock absorbers
instead of your lower back which can take a pounding in the seated position all day. Don’t get me wrong I do love my 62″ ztr which I use on the more open larger acreage accounts but my stander is a lot more nimble and better to use on my average lawn accounts. I have some pretty bad re-occurring back problems, and my ztr will just slam my lower back constantly. I know it sounds weird but standing up on the spring loaded foot deck is great.

The longest I spend on my stander is about 3 hours non stop. By the end of mowing that account I am ready to get off. Even with that said I have found walk behinds are the most fatiguing type of mower made and I rarely use them.”

When you are looking to purchase a new mower, consider the size of the properties you are servicing and whether you want your back or your legs to take the shock. If your lawns are average sized, you may find a stander is the best mower for you.

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