View Full Version : Have a question about fixed vs. floating deck

02-27-2008, 02:37 AM
I own a fixed deck wb and I have never bothered to change the height of cut because 3" has been O.K. for the few yards (< 10) that I have.

I am looking to grow, and want to buy another wb (or 2) and wanted a machine that I could change the height of cut quickly and on site.

Since I haven't changed it before, I have no idea how long it takes to do this on a fix deck, but it seems a bit intimidating to me...setting pitch and dropping on bricks, and so on. I just haven't messed with it. And I assume that a better option would be to go with a floating deck.

Would I be best to seek out a floating deck because it is quicker (I've been told) to change it?

Thanks for your help, sorry for being a moron.

02-27-2008, 02:38 AM
well, atleast on my lescos, you change the height by adding or subtracting spacers that are on the caster wheels.

02-27-2008, 02:42 AM
I have a bobcat. the manual says to take off bolts that secure it to the frame and drop on bricks to the desired height, retighten bolts, and change the spacers on the front casters as well making sure to set the pitch correctly. Or something like that. Don't have the manuel in front of me.

02-27-2008, 02:44 AM
yea i have never done that. i just change the spacers on the casters and have never had a problem with the mowers or the cut.

02-27-2008, 02:54 AM
I own both and the floating deck is much easier and faster to change deck heights than the fixed. I would definitely recommend the floating. Also I do not know wheather your walkbehind is belt drive or hydro but if you are going to buy a new walkbehind I would go with a hydro if you can afford the difference in price. In my opinion its worth every extra penny.

02-27-2008, 02:57 AM
yea changing the heigh its a pita if your by yourself. if you have somebody with you have them hold down the mower while you change height. its not that big of a deal really. as for hydro or belt. Id say go hydro, having reverse is awesome! if its in the budget of course.

02-27-2008, 03:50 AM
hydro is definetely not in the budget unless I find a great deal. I am going to be buying used, and thinking I will look for a toro tbar, or exmark w/ ecs controls based on what I've read on this forum.

I understand how awesome the hydro would be, but I am small time (and part time) right now and a belt drive is my best option.

UrbanGreen thank you for your post...that is what I suspected about the floating deck being easier to change so I think I will pursue that. Too bad most all 36's I've seen are fixed so I'm going to have to be patient to find the right machine.

02-27-2008, 10:07 AM
imo there is no reason to take apart the deck everytime you change the height. like i said we have been mowing with that lesco for years now. never had 1 problem and never adjusted the height besides at the spacers. hydro is nice buts the belt drive does the same thing... puts money in your pocket payup. youd be fine with a fixed deck, no point in spending the extra money for the float deck. just my .02

02-27-2008, 11:04 AM
I own a ferris mower with a fixed deck and I can change the height about .5 inch very quickly by just pulling a cotter pin and moving the spacers. If I want to change it more than that then I need to unbolt the deck in rear of the deck and change the bolts around. I would guess that would be a pain but I don't change the deck height much on my walk behind.

02-27-2008, 11:25 AM
Exmark used to make a floating deck, belt driven called the Metro HP. I just sold one. I dont know what years they were made but mine was a 2002. Great mower, great cut. Very easy to change deck height.

02-27-2008, 11:43 AM
I have an Exmark Viking, hydro, 36" deck. The front caster spindles have four spacer washers, with a latch pin on the top. I routinely change it every day, often several times each day, even changing it from area to area on the same property if needed. Placing the spacer washers above or below the support is trivial. I have never changed the bolting at the rear of the frame, and never had a problem with pitch.

I have never had a floating deck w/b mower, but it seems like all (nearly all?) of them use four support pins, with a spring pin through the pin. Again, this is trivial. Hydro, belt drive, ... nothing to do with height settings.

Jason Rose
02-27-2008, 12:16 PM
You should be able to vary the cut height by about an inch, say from 3.5 to 2.5 without effecting the cut or having to adjust the rear deck height. *most* people never cut below 2.5" with a fixed deck walkbehind so you can just leave the rear in the top holes position all the time.

There was a thread about this very recently... http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=217099

02-27-2008, 03:53 PM
If you change the height the way the manufacturer suggests it will take you all day to do. On my walkbehinds I just change the spacer on the front casters and it works fine as long as the blade are sharp.

02-27-2008, 05:42 PM
Thanks guys. I didn't realize that everybody was just changing with the spacers on the front casters. I'll try that out on my bobcat before I decide what I want to buy.