Large commercial properties take a long time
to trim, but a stand-on mower can help shave some
minutes. Toro’s GrandStand series provides that time
reduction along with a smooth ride and exceptional
maneuverability. The compact size of the machine is also
very helpful on residential and smaller properties where
maneuverability is required and a smaller footprint is
AREA, SMALL MACHINE. Steve Mayer, fleet manager of
Ameri-Pride in Clearwater, Fla., was looking for a way
to complete jobs more quickly. The company mostly serves
commercial customers, like apartment complexes and golf
courses. Ameri-Pride purchased eight GrandStands in the
spring of 2010, and Mayer says he is so pleased he plans
to buy 20 more for this upcoming season.
main advantage is that they’re a little more agile
around sloped areas,” Mayer says, adding that the
machines have a wider footprint that leads to a more
stable – and safer – ride. “It’s also a smoother ride.
The bigger the tires, the smoother the ride.”
also says the machine’s compact-size helps with storage.
a little smaller. You can get four of those in a trailer
rather than those (mowers) that are bulky, like the
riders and walk-behinds,” Mayer says.
Gregor, operations manager of the Charlotte, N.C. branch
of Phoenix Landscape, says the stand-on mowers are great
for his larger properties.
really good on commercial properties,” Gregor says. “The
size of our decks are 60 inches. We buy them for our
bigger stuff. It definitely goes faster and you’re able
to get them into more places because they’re smaller. It
doesn’t take up as much room on a truck.”
OPTIONS. The GrandStand is able to convert into a
walk-behind, an option Adam Lawson really enjoys. The
president of Turf Masters Landscape in Xenia, Ohio, says
he mostly does residential properties, so having one
mower that can easily switch between a stand-on and a
walk-behind saves him a lot of effort.
use (GrandStands) for a lot of residential, small areas.
That’s why I got the 52-inch and 36-inch,” he says. “I
don’t want to take a push mower around, so I use the
36-inch. It’s a happy medium. They’re easy to maneuver.
It could be a walk-behind or you could ride it.”
mowers fit into tight spaces easily and allow the rider
to get on and off more quickly to pick up debris or move
objects. Gregor says that is great for emergencies.
you have an issue and you need to get off that mower as
fast as possible,” he says, “you’re able to jump off and
says his employees find the ease of use a great
don’t get as tired driving (the GrandStands),” he says
of his employees. “There’s a little less fatigue on the
hands from the controls that drive them. They’re easier
to use. They don’t get as much fatigue because they’re
not pulling forward and backward to steer.”
also provides cushioning to help with the rider’s legs.
like how they have it designed. It saves your knees and
your legs,” Lawson says. “Some of the other ones don’t
AVAILABLE. Mayer says he enjoys how dependable the Toro
brand is. If a problem comes up, Toro helps out quickly.
as far as the engines, it’s a little more difficult
because it’s compact, but the advantages outweigh that,”
he says. “We get a two-year warranty, but there is an
hour limit, and we always exceed it. We maintain all our
equipment very well.”