Stand-on mowers have always been known for their high productivity. What this Bradley Stand-On Compact Mower asks you to do is rethink that stance.
After spending years in the market and knowing what works, Bradley has been able to develop a model such as this one at an affordable price. This is definitely the best stand on mower for the price. The only other brand, as of now, with a stand on in the $4,000-$5,000 range is Wright's new stand on.
One of the standout features of this mower is that it allows you get a commercial unit at a low price. Besides, it comes with some of the best engines in the market, and a fairly well built machine for the price.
How about we don’t let all the cat out of the bag and let you see for yourself?
While the mowers in this series might have different engines to their names, this particular one enjoys the power from a Briggs and Stratton Vanguard or commercial series engine.
The Vanguard engine comes with the Donaldson air filter for better performance and has the potential to reach as high as 26HP. Coupled with ultra-responsive zero turn controls, this unit carries one of the best power ratings on its peers.
The commercial series engine comes in at a lower price but is a less durable engine. It won't have quite the longevity of the Vanguard engine but still very well built.
- The mower is made available in a single cutting deck size of 48″ or 52”
- The choice of engine is a Briggs and Stratton Vanguard or Commercial series
- Engine can generate up to 26HP on the Vanguard and 27HP on the Commercial Series
- The machine is driven by a Hydro Gear ZT3400 hydro drive system to enable better working under tough conditions and goes 10MPH
- Fuel tank is relatively small, with a size of only 5 gallons
- Rear tires are set at 23” and the front tires are 13” wide
- Simple and minimalistic controls
You might look at this unit as being cheap (when compared to other mowers), but overall it seems to be a well built machine.
Anyone who has been around Briggs and Stratton Vanguard engines will tell you that they are one of the longest-serving options on the market. The mower’s frame has also been made of heavy-duty metals, making sure it can hold its own under rough conditions.
This is a definite downfall of this machine. The cut quality is very average. This is due to having a flat nosed deck design. It is also a very small deck that can make things like mulching not so great.
There seems to be minimal airflow within the deck as well. This seems to be the place where Bradley noticeably cut costs.
This goes without saying, the mower will still pretty well in good conditions. It just isn't suited as well as the competitors for rough, wet, and overgrown conditions.
This unit does seem a little awkward to drive and definitely not the most comfortable. However, once you get use to it the machine drives fairly well.
Besides, the Hydro Gear ZT3400 transaxles provide smooth controls. They are an industry standard in most stand on mowers across the industry for good reason.
The height adjustment isn't in the best location so adjusting your height of cut isn't the easiest.
Overall, the comfort of the machine is decent. It will take some getting use to but no major flaws that will hinder your productivity.
The guys over at Bradley might not have given much thought into making this machine beautiful, but they didn’t make it ugly either.
The coloration goes in line with many other mowers in the market with a choice of red splash on black detailing. The tires have also been properly spread out and placed to provide both balance and beauty to the overall setup.
Combined with the placement and setup of the internal driving engines, this machine is overall, well built.
The front and back tires are specially designed and placed to spread the weight of the machine better. This helps to achieve stability and sturdiness across the board.
Likewise, a stand-on platform makes it easy to operate the machine and reach all the controls for better maneuverability. Did I mention how the stand-on platform has been well worked into the body to prevent falling off?
There are various price points for this mower. Depending on certain conditions (the dealer, promotions, special additions, etc.), you will be able to get a unit of the Bradley Stand-On Compact Mower for anywhere between $3999.99 – $5299.99.
If you buy from Ebay there is a small shipping charge of a couple of hundred dollars.
For more information, check out Bradley Mower's website!
|Performance:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Cut Quality:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Durability:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Comfort:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Price:||(5.0 / 5)|
|Overall:||(3.6 / 5)|
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