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7 Best Stand On Mowers

Stand on mowers are a lawn business’s secret weapon. They are versatile, quick, and the most productive units on the market. There are several reasons why people are continuing to switch to these mower. 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 2024.

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 they are 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.

Best Stand On Mower Comparison

MowerDeckEngineTransmissionSpeedFuel Tank
Ferris Z3X52″, 60″, and 72″Vangaurd w/ oil guard or Kawasaki FX850VHydro-Gear ZT-440012 mph11 gallons
Wright ZK52″, 61″, and 72″Vangaurd w/ oil guard or Kawasaki FX850VHydro-Gear 15 cu in.
16cc with fans
12.5 mph15.5 gallons
Scag V-Ride II48″, 52″, and 61″Briggs Vangaurd 
Kawasaki FX
Hydro-Gear 12cc pump and Parker 14 ci10.5 mph8 gallons
Toro Grandstand48″, 52″, and 60″25 hp Kohler Command EFI 747cc
22 hp Kawasak FX 726cc
Hydro-Gear 10 cc Pump and 10 ci Wheel motor10 mph10.5 gallons
Gravely Pro-Stance48″, 52″, and 60″Kawasaki FX730V 23.5 hp
Kawasaki FT730V-EFI 26 hp
Hydro-Gear ZT 34009 mph9 gallons
Cub Cadet Pro X48″, 54″, and 60″Kawasaki FX SeriesHydro-Gear PK 12cc pumps/240cc Parker10 mph7.5 gallons
Exmark Vertex48″, 52″, and 60″Kawasaki FX730V or
Kohler Command EFI ECV740
12 cc Hydro-Gear pumps and
14.5 ci Parker motors
8.5 mph8 gallons

1. Ferris Z2 and Z3X

The Ferris Z2 and the 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 excellent 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 significant time saver that you will find when using the mower.

The main upgrade on this mower is the new deck design. The 60 and 72 inch models have the new ICD plus deck. It has much better airflow and suction so the cut quality has improved drastically.

Finally, the mowers are very compact and quick. They have unreal power and are probably the fastest stand ons I've been on. Especially the Z3… the thing goes 12 MPH. That's fast standing up!

Z3X Features:

  • Cut Width: 52, 60, and 72 inches
  • Engine: Vanguard with oil guard and Kawasaki FX
  • Drive System: Hydro-gear ZT forty four hundred
  • Fuel Capacity: 11 Gallons
  • Speed: 12 miles per hour
  • Suspension: Suspension platform with adjustable coil over shock and pivoting front axle.
  • Warranty: 2 Year Unlimited Hours OR 4 Year / 500 Hour Commercial

Z2 Features:

  • Cut Width: 52 and 60 inches
  • Engine: Vanguard with oil guard, Kawasaki FX, and FT
  • Drive System: Hydro-gear ZT thirty eight hundred
  • Fuel Capacity: 8 Gallons
  • Speed: 10 miles per hour
  • Suspension: Suspension platform with adjustable coil over shock
  • Warranty: 2 Year Unlimited Hours OR 4 Year / 500 Hour Commercial

You’ll notice these two units are fairly similar outside of the pivoting front axle, larger engine options, and larger transmissions. I will say, if you need a 60 inch mower, the Z3X is 100 percent worth it. 52 inch I’d probably go with the Z2 because the Z3X’s 52 inch model doesn’t have enough trim edge.

2. 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 a little unbalanced on hills. This isn’t a huge problem, but sometimes that can make a little difference.

One major plus of the v-ride 2 is there are a ton of deck sizes ranging from 32 to 61 inches. The Tiger eye monitoring system has also drastically improved… giving you a bunch of real time information quickly while mowing.

Overall This mower is pretty well built, is very fast, and has a great cut quality!


  • Cut Width: 32, 36, 48, 52, and 61 inches
  • Engine: Vanguard with oil guard, Kawasaki FX, FT, and Kohler Command pro
  • Drive System: 32 and 36 inch models have 10cc hydro-gear pumps and 12 cubic inch parker wheel motors. The 48 to 61 inch models have 12cc hydro-gear pumps and 14 cubic inch parker wheel motors.
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 Gallons on 32 inch model. 6 point 75 on 36 inch model. And 8 gallons on 48, 52, and 61 inch models
  • Speed: 8 point 5 miles per hour on 32 and 36 inch models. 10 point 5 miles per hour on 48 to 61 inch models.
  • Suspension: Adjustable cushioned platform
  • Warranty: 2 Year Unlimited Hours OR 4 Year / 500 Hour Commercial

3. 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 third for one reason and it's because their controls are a little more difficult to use than the controls on Ferris or Scag. This is a small thing that takes getting used to but it doesn't hinder the performance of the mower. It is more of a personal preference and I prefer the standard one bar controls over Wright’s design.

All that to say, 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.

You definitely can't go wrong with a Wright stand on. They are a proven mower that has many great features and offers an unbelievable cut.

ZK Features:

  • Cut Width: 52 and 61 inches
  • Engine: Vanguard with oil guard and Kawasaki FX
  • Drive System: Hydro-gear 16cc pumps and 15 cubic inch wheel motors
  • Fuel Capacity: 15 point 5 Gallons
  • Speed: 12 point 5 miles per hour
  • Suspension: Elastomer spring suspension platform
  • Warranty: 2 Year Unlimited Hours OR 4 Year / 500 Hour Commercial

LG Features:

  • Cut Width: 52 and 61 inches
  • Engine: Kawasaki FX 850 E
  • Drive System: Hydro-gear ZT forty four hundred
  • Fuel Capacity: 11 gallons
  • Speed: 12 point 5 miles per hour
  • Suspension: New suspension platform with better grip
  • Warranty: 2 Year Unlimited Hours OR 4 Year / 500 Hour Commercial

One more quick thing about Wright is they now have an autonomous stand on mower. They have partnered with a company called Greenzie to build an autonomous capability for their Stander ZK model. 

I have personally watched this machine work and I can say it actually does a really good job. Maybe this is the future of mowing??

Overall, wright makes great stand on mowers and you can’t go wrong with them. They are a solid company with great support and a loyal following.

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.


  • Cut Width: 32, 36, 40, 48, 52, 60, and 72 inches
  • Engine: Kawasaki FS, FX, Vanguard, and Kohler Command Pro
  • Drive System: 10cc or 13cc pumps and 10 or 13 cubic inch wheel motors
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons on 32 and 36 inch models. 10 point 5 gallons on 48 to 72 inch models.
  • Speed: 7 point 5 to 12 miles per hour depending on deck size
  • Suspension: Foldable platform with suspension
  • 32 and 36 inch models Warranty: 4 Year / 750 Hour Commercial
  • 48 inch and up model Warranty: 5 Year / 1200 Hour Commercial

Toro also has the new all electric Revolution Grandstand mowers. These are the first battery operated stand ons Toro has ever offered. If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I’m not a huge fan of the battery segment. Mainly because of cost and there’s just more things to worry about. 

Overall, the Grandstand is a solid stand on mower that features a fold up platform, great engine options and many different deck sizes.

5. Gravely Pro-Stance

The Gravely Pro-Stance is a solid machine that has a pretty good cut quality. This is a well built mower that has been simplified over the years.

My only complaint is 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 plus side is the mower's length allows 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.


  • Cut Width: 32, 36, 48, 52, and 60 inches
  • Engine: Kawasaki FS, FT, and FX
  • Drive System: Hydro-gear ZT 34 hundred or 31 hundred
  • Fuel Capacity: 6 gallons on 32 and 36 inch models and 9 gallons on 48 inch and up
  • Speed: 8 to 9 miles per hour depending on model
  • Suspension: Foldable platform 
  • Warranty: 2 Year Unlimited Hours OR 5 Year / 1000 Hour Commercial

6. Cub Cadet Pro X

The Cub Cadet Pro X mower is very well built zero turn. Cub Cadet in general doesn't have quite the “commercial” brand that the other brands have but their mowers have improved quite a bit since Stanley Black & Decker purchased MTD.

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. Exmark Vertex X-Series

Exmark has had several nightmares when it comes to stand ons… first it was the Staris, then the original Vertex. The first was absolutely horrible and the second was slightly better than horrible.

Luckily, Exmark went back to the drawing board and clearly built a new stand on from the ground up. As much as I doubted it at first, I really think the new Vertex X-Series stand on is a winner.

For reference, there is now an X-Series, S-Series, and E-Series. All of these have been reengineered and released for 2024. The S-Series was the first model that was released in 2023 and this was the first glimpse of hope for Exmark to have a good stand on.

After seeing this mower at GIE and then demoing a few days, the Exmark Vertex stand on is a huge improvement over the previous Staris or original Vertex model. There are some major improvements that were really needed.

They also redesigned the control hands to be very similar to Wright. To be honest, this stand on mower is extremely similar to Wright's stand on mowers. There are many similarities between the two mowers. The new Vertex is honestly like the Wright and Ferris stand ons had a baby.

Overall, the Vertex is a solid stand on mower that will do well in the commercial mower market. It has several features that allows it to be one of the top stand ons available.

Price Comparison

Ferris Z3XStarting at $13,0992 year unlimited hours
4 year/500 hours
Wright ZK 52″Starting at $13,2992 year unlimited hours
Scag V-Ride IIStarting at $11,1652 year unlimited hours
3 year/500 hours
Toro GrandstandStarting at $12,9993 years unlimited
5 year/1200 hours
Gravely Pro-StanceStarting at $10,6492 year unlimited hours
5 Year/1000 hours
Cub Cadet Pro XStarting at $11,7643 year unlimited warranty
5 year/1,750 hour limited
Exmark VertexStarting at $12,9992-year unlimited hours OR 4-year / 1250 hour
Pricing last updated: March 26, 2024.
*Using the lowest priced 52/54″ model for even comparison. Remember there may stay be engine, transmission, and other differences that affect these prices.


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 differently 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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27 Replies to “7 Best Stand On Mowers

  1. I own two Wright stander ZK’s, a 2015 and a 2019.
    Excellent mowers.
    My 2019 has a 37 hp fuel injected 1000cc engine.
    A nice machine.

  2. I sure love my Wright Stander Intensity 36. Just purchased in spring 2019, based on reading many online reviews. No regrets yet, it’s a workhorse! Get’s through gates easily, and can mow larger properties when needed. It mows great, even at top speed.

  3. I wish you had run this article past an editor. Spelling and grammar errors in the article make it difficult to believe this was published professionally.

  4. Dont you hate when your old English teacher shows up and trys to grade your honest and well informed article about stand on mowers? SMH….

    1. Lol exactly… I never claimed to be an English major… only claimed to know a thing or two about mowers! Thanks for your support.

    1. Honestly, I think the Exmark Staris is one of the worst stand on mowers… especially to come from such a powerhouse brand like Exmark. There is a reason the engineer that designed the mower was fired and why they have gone back to the drawing board for a stand on. I am hoping the next stand on mower they release is much better.

      1. Was looking at them today at weingartz, local dealer. What makes them the worst in your opinion?.
        Other dealer close to me, sells Bob cat and Snapper pro, how would you rate those two? Both are $2k more than the staris though.
        Was going to look at revolt for price, but dealer hour away and non in stock anyway.


        1. Overall just a poor design. There’s a bunch of little things that just make it awkward to drive.

          Bobcat’s stand on is pretty good. The Snapper Pro stand on is the exact same as the Ferris stand on. The Ferris/Snapper Pro stand on is my favorite out of these three.

          I have linked the reviews to both of the mowers above. I also did a full review of the Exmark Staris a couple years ago.

  5. We are grass cutters not rocket sceinctis and not in grammer school. I hate when people comment about that stuff. The artical was great, Im looking at adding a standon to my buz and this artical helped me a lot .

  6. First off love these reviews! Keep them coming 🙂

    I’ve been looking for a 36″ Stand on for home use and have it narrowed down to Scag V Ride 2 and the Ferris SRS Z1. I know both will last me forever. I’m most concerned about cut quality and deck maintenance. Most people state the Scag has the best cut with the Velocity Plus deck. What about the about the Advantage deck vs the Ferris 10-gauge on the 36″ models? Also, what about deck maintenance with grass build-up/ clogging? Am I on the right path or should I go with the cheaper Wright Stander B?

    1. Personally, if you get Ferris Z3X 61″ I would go with Ferris… otherwise I would with a Scag then Bobcat. Between these 3 brands a lot of it will come down to personal preference and dealer support. If you can find them, I would try to get a demo of each. If not, can’t go wrong with Ferris or Scag stand ons.

    1. In my opinion, they’re not bad, but not great. A little overpriced and not the best features in comparison to some of these other brands.

  7. I bought the gravely due to dealership distance and customer service. Your article was extremely helpful.

  8. Just picked up the Cub Pro Z 600 in 54 deck. I like it so far. Purchased it due to local service and good luck I have had with the last tank I purchased a few years ago. I will let you know how it goes. This is my first stander mower. Large yard but just for personal use.

  9. Nice article. Was floating around for other reasons, but stopped to read it. Love the Karen comment too, made my afternoon. We run grandstands, as do quite a few companies in my area. Wright is the second most common, and Ferris only one company runs them. Reason being, your article is spot on, all these mowers listed above are great machines, but if your dealer doesn’t have a great service department full of parts and skilled techs….your mower is worthless when it broke down.

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