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Stand-On Mowers: Are They Right for Your Business?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
Lawn care pro using a Staris stand-on mower

There are many benefits to stand-on mowers, including improved visibility and user control for more precise mowing. Could stand-ons be the right option for your mower fleet? If you’re not sure whether to upgrade to stand-on mowers or to stick with walk-behinds, here are some questions to help you decide.

What Size Properties Do You Mow?

The size of properties you mow is a big factor. If you mow exclusively large properties (more than an acre and a half) without a lot of obstacles, then a zero-turn mower may be a better option. Stand-on mowers are great for small to medium sized properties with landscaping and obstacles. Think suburban lawns, especially those with curved flower beds, irregular lot lines, or a lot of trees. Lots between half an acre and 1.25 acres are good candidates, however, a compact model like the 32” Staris E-Series would work well on small lots (less than half an acre).

Do You Need to Fit into Tight Spaces or Through Gates?

Stand-ons are easy to maneuver into tight spaces. They provide excellent sightlines to the operator, and allow for greater precision. It’s also easy to step on and off to move obstacles. The compact 32” E-Series fits through a standard 36” gate, which is important if you work in neighborhoods with fenced yards and garages in the alley.

What Type of Terrain Do You Mow?

When we designed the Exmark Staris, we placed heavier components like the engine low on the machine to lower the center of gravity and to improve balance and stability. If you work in an area with tough terrain, a stand-on may be the right choice, regardless of the size lawns you mow.

How Much Room Do You Have on Your Trailer?

If space on your trailer is tight, you’ll like that stand-on mowers have a smaller footprint and are easier to transport. Staris was designed to be compact, regardless of deck width, and to make loading and unloading easier. The suspended operator platform on the S-Series folds up, further maximizing your trailer space.

Do You Need to Mow a Lot of Properties Quickly?

Of course you do. Depending on deck width and configuration, a stand-on mower provides increased productivity over a walk-behind, because it mows at speeds faster than a person can walk. The Staris Stand-On mower has a top ground speed of 10 mph, and with a 60” deck can mow up 4.8 acres per hour.

If upgrading to stand-on mowers makes sense for your business, the Staris comes in a variety of deck widths, from 32” to 60”. Like all Exmark mowers, it was designed to be durable, reliable and provide excellent cut quality and superior operator comfort. Ready to learn more? Contact your local Exmark dealer for a test mow.

New for 2019: Exmark Staris Stand-On Zero-Turn

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

It’s never to early to begin planning for next year’s mowing season when you’re a landscape professional. If this year is the year to trade up on an existing mower, or add to your fleet, take a look at our revolutionary new Staris stand-on zero-turn mower.

Exmark Staris delivers increased stability and traction, and with zero-turn steering, it can make tight turns and maneuver around obstacles. The optimized design places heavier components, like the engine, low on the machine to improve balance and lower the center of gravity.  The optimized design and compact size of all models means they take up less space on your trailer, and are easier to load and unload.

A large, open platform design allows operators to mount and dismount quickly.  The adjustable isolators of the operator platform suspension system let operators customize the ride quality, enhancing comfort and productivity. The suspended operator platform folds for more compact storage and trailering (S-Series only).  No-slip rubber matting and the large platform allows operators to change stance or position for maximum comfort throughout the day (S-Series only).

The ergonomically designed steering system makes operating the Staris easy, and the innovative Smart Controller (S-Series only) reduces downtime with maintenance reminders and on-screen machine health diagnostics. We also improved the layout of key operator controls like the key, choke and throttle for improved accessibility. The height-of-cut system (S-Series only) was developed for operators to quickly change cut height by raising or lowering the deck.

Staris E-Series models feature Kawasaki V-twin commercial engines and come in three UltraCut Series 3 deck sizes from 32-, 36- and 44-inches. The 32-inch model will fit through a standard 36-inch gate.  Staris S-Series models offer either carbureted Kawasaki or Kohler EFI V-twin engines. The full-size S-Series models are available with 48-, 52- or 60-inch UltraCut Series 4 cutting decks. Exmark optimizes frame design and caster wheel positions for each deck width, providing superior cut quality and easy maintenance. Staris offers the ability to mulch or bag clippings with the appropriate deck accessories.

Because maintenance shouldn’t make your job more difficult, all Staris models feature a flip-up front cover that provides you with tool-free access for mower maintenance and cleaning.  The rear cover lifts and locks into place, allowing easy access to fill and change engine oil or hydro fluid.

With the range of deck sizes, commercial-grade power, and optimized design for commercial mowers, there’s a Staris that’s right for your needs. Staris stand-on mowers will be available from Exmark dealers in early spring 2019. Find your dealer.

Is a Stand-On Mower Right for Your Business?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

What type of mowers you need for your business depends very much on where and what you mow, but in the right conditions, a stand-on mower may be the most efficient choice. Stand-on mowers like the Exmark Vantage S-Series can be easier to maneuver in tight spaces. Operators may also have a better vantage point on a standing mower than when sitting. Here are some of the primary considerations when trying to decide if a stand-on mower is right for your business.

Property Size

If you primarily mow large lots – more than an acre and a half—without a lot of obstacles to navigate around, you will be better served by a riding or zero-turn mower. Stand-on mowers are great for medium and smaller lots with landscaping and irregular features. Think suburban lawns: The average lot size for new home construction in the US is .35 acres, too small for a riding mower, but large enough that a business wouldn’t want to be mowing with a 21” push mower.  A stand-up mower can make quick work of small- to medium-sized lawns, especially if, like the Vantage S-Series, it can operate at speeds up to 8 mph.


Trailer space is limited. A stand-on mower typically has a smaller footprint than a zero-turn with the same size deck, and that footprint gets even smaller when the operator platform is folded away. Fitting two stand-on mowers on a trailer may be easier than fitting two riding or zero-turn mowers.


Mowing in flat to rolling terrain, as in the Midwest, is different from mowing in a hilly or mountainous terrain. Stand-on mowers can perform well on hilly terrain, because they have a low center of gravity and the operator can shift their body weight to counteract the slope.

Operator Control and Precision

The operator of a stand-on mower has a higher vantage point than a riding mower operator, allowing enhanced visibility. Stand-on operators can hop on and off the machine more easily, which can be crucial when operating in areas with a lot of obstacles to move. Many operators prefer a stand-on for just this reason. Another trade-off is that because the operator stands, they need greater strength in their legs, core and back to support themselves through a full-day of mowing.


The bottom line is the most important line for any business, and in competitive industries, any reduction in fleet operating costs makes a big difference. Stand-ons cost 10 to 20 percent less than zero-turns, which, when factored across a fleet, can be a big savings.

Bottom Line

If you primarily mow medium to small lawns, work in tight spaces with a lot of obstacles, or mow hilly terrain, and can work at a slightly slower pace, a stand-on may be the right mower for your business. Exmark’s Vantage S-Series offers industry-leading durability, performance and value in 36-, 48-, 52-, and 60-inch deck widths. See your local Exmark dealer for a demo.

New Product Showcase: 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane Stand-On Rider

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

New model is Exmark’s most productive propane-fueled stand-on riding mower

Exmark Vantage S-Series Propane

Equipped with a 60-inch UltraCut Series 4 cutting deck, the Vantage S-Series Propane delivers incredible productivity.

Exmark has expanded its industry-leading line of propane-fueled commercial mowers to include a 60-inch version of its Vantage S-Series Propane stand-on rider for 2016. The machine’s innovative Kohler EFI propane powerplant delivers increased fuel economy and performance combined with reduced emissions, making it one of the most environmentally friendly commercial stand-on mowers available today.

Exmark Director of Marketing, Daryn Walters, said the 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane is a machine customers have frequently been requesting.

“The reception to the 52-inch Vantage S-Series Propane we launched this past year has been overwhelmingly positive,” Walters said. “That said, one thing we’ve heard is of a need for a larger propane-fueled stand-on rider.

“The 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane will give these customers the cutting width they need to maximize productivity, combined with the cost-saving advantage of our cutting-edge Kohler EFI propane powerplant. It’s a win-win situation. More productivity combined with lower cost equals greater profit. It’s as simple as that.”

Kohler Command Pro EFI Propane engine

The state-of-the-art Kohler Command Pro EFI propane engine offers increased performance, responsiveness and fuel efficiency.

The Vantage S-Series Propane is powered by a state-of-the-art Kohler Command Pro PCV740 V-Twin EFI propane engine. The professional-grade design uses automotive-style closed-loop electronic fuel injection to eliminate carburetor-related issues and automatically adjust to load, weather and altitude for better performance every day. Plus, the EFI design offers car-like ease of starting – just turn the key and go. No choke, no priming and no fuel pressure adjustments needed.

The 60-inch UltraCut Series 4 side-discharge cutting deck features Exmark’s patented flow-control baffles to deliver the company’s signature quality of cut. Heavy-duty welded construction and high-strength 7-gauge spindle reinforcements deliver superior strength with increased long-term durability. Maintenance-reducing features include sealed, no-maintenance spindles and Exmark’s patented spherical bearing design idler arm pivots.

“When combined with the incredibly reliable Kohler EFI propane powerplant, the maintenance-reducing features help keep the Vantage S-Series Propane out making money more of the time,” Walters added.

The new 60-inch Vantage S-Series Propane mower joins Exmark’s existing EFI propane Lazer Z (zero-turn rider), Turf Tracer (walk-behind) and Vantage (stand-on) models.

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The Exmark Vantage

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


The new Vantage featuring a 36" cutting deck

It’s been more than a year since we introduced the Vantage. During that time, we’ve continued to tweak and make the Vantage one of the most comfortable, reliable and productive stand-on mowers in the industry.

This year, we’ve made a few additions to the mower. The first addition is a new 36″ Vantage with the UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck technology. This new 36″ unit makes getting in and out of gates easier and comes with integrated tie-down points for secure trailering.

We’ve also added a new fuel efficient option to the Vantage product line — a 25 hp Kohler Command Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Pro V-Twin engine.

Of course both of the new options available will still have the standard great stuff you’ve come to love about the Vantage including;

  • Speeds up to 8 mph forward and 4 mph reverse
  • Self-compensating suspension makes standing more comfortable
  • Adjustable platform for mowing hill sides and fold up ability allowing for walk-behind functionality
  • Heavy duty canister air filtration system

If you have time in the next few months, we encourage you to test out the new 36” Vantage and tell us what you think.

Love the Vantage?  Tested it already? Share your thoughts below.

Exmark Vantage

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Hi, everyone. I’m Ross Hawley, product manager for Vantage – Exmark’s new stand-on mower. For months, Exmark has been designing and planning for this new unit – our first stand-on mower.

Vantage is built with the same craftsmanship and eye for detail as our other mowers. With a host of great attributes, I’d like to point out a few that truly set it apart from other mowers:

  1. Platform: Vantage’s stand-on platform allows for movement to maximize performance and conveniently folds up, leaving plenty of room for bigger machines on trailers
  2. Heat shield: The rubber heat shield separates you from the heat of the drive system
  3. Cutting deck: The single-point height-adjust means you can quickly raise and lower the cutting deck to meet your needs
  4. Fuel tank: The centered, eight-gallon fuel tank helps maintain consistent performance regardless of travel direction
  5. Muffler: Vantage’s heavy-duty muffler guard protects the muffler from the typical wear and tear
  6. Quality of cut: As with any Exmark mower, our exclusive UltraCut deck cutting technology provides beautiful results
  7. Controls: You can easily step off and on the mower without doing anything more than letting go of the controls
  8. Suspension – Self-compensating suspension makes standing easier for pros of all shapes

We interviewed a handful of landscape professionals about what they love about Vantage. You can see their testimonials and learn about other benefits of Vantage on our YouTube channel. Vantage will be available in late-February, I encourage you to visit your local dealer to experience the Vantage advantage for yourself.