View Full Version : Floating deck problems

06-18-2001, 05:37 PM
Anyone have problems with their floating deck catching and holding high up the height adjuster bars in the front when going fast over bumby terrain. I had this happen twice today, first time didn't notice 'till lawn was cut & had to reset the deck and cut again. Tried lube on bars but same thing happened again. Only happens at high speeds on bumpy turf. Any solutions?

Eric ELM
06-18-2001, 06:36 PM
Try going slower. This is one thing I do not like about floating decks, just more to wear out faster. I have a floating deck, but it hasn't mowed grass in a long time.

06-18-2001, 07:29 PM
they are hasselsome and too many parts wear out - glad im rid of mine:)

06-18-2001, 09:41 PM
You guys are lucky to be in an area where it's flat enough that floating decks can be optional. Around here I would not want to cut without them. WAY too much rolling (putting it mildly) terrain to do good work with a fixed deck/grader blade.

06-18-2001, 10:05 PM
Hobbes, what kind of mower are you using that is doing that?

06-18-2001, 10:32 PM
Exmark 36 TTHP.
Floating is essential on most props here.

06-18-2001, 10:42 PM
I had trouble with the deck coming up and knocking off the belt. I installed clevis pins on all of the bars 2 holes below the one i use and that corrected my problem.

06-19-2001, 02:28 AM
Thanx Gam.
I'll try that.

06-19-2001, 04:51 PM
You could try placing valve springs (like v-8 springs) on the adjustment shaft between the frame and deck. It may work if the deck is sticking when it gets pushed up high. On my toro the adjustment rods loose and will wobble, if yours are real tight that may be the problem. Just a few thoughts i hope it helps.

06-19-2001, 09:31 PM
if your mowing with a fixed deck especialy on slopes then you need more practice on them - for added safety you might want to remove spacers and raise your blades further into the housing if it is a problem. fixed decks are great if operated correctly.

06-19-2001, 11:30 PM
YIKES! I thought floating decks solved problems. I didn't know they created them. personally, I can't see why any one would need a floating 36 inch deck. I scalp hardly at all with my fixed 48. and in the cases where I do scalp, I probably shoudda been using the ole HOMELITE!


06-19-2001, 11:37 PM
HOMELITE????? - {blowing coke out his nose onto the keyboard}
BAAAAAAAA HAHAHHAHAHA!!!!! - ahem - sorry bout that LOL

06-21-2001, 06:08 PM
You were right on. The adjustment rods were too tight from the factory. I loosened them. Problem solved. Thanks.

06-21-2001, 06:20 PM
Originally posted by Fallguy
HOMELITE????? - {blowing coke out his nose onto the keyboard}
BAAAAAAAA HAHAHHAHAHA!!!!! - ahem - sorry bout that LOL

fallguy--not that I have ever tried it, but I have heard that the coke has more effect if you snort it up the nose rather than blowing it out.:p