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Old 10-09-2012, 08:01 AM
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Fixed Deck Scalping

How much is the scalping of bigger fixed deck walk behinds of an issue? I would like to add another walk behind for wet days and I have found a good deal on a used one and have no experience with large fixed deck models. I know my 36 won't really ever scalp, but that deck is as wide as the wheels. Thanks in advance guys
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:31 AM
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What size mower are you talking about? Ultimately it depends on the operator being aware of how to avoid scalping and not putting the machine in a situation where it will. A good operator can use a 48 inch fixed deck without scalping with no problem. A lousy operator can scalp with a 21 inch mower. Personally, I wouldn't want a fixed deck mower over 48 inches. Actually I wouldn't want one at all, but it's more of a height adjustment issue than scalping issue for me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:57 AM
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Either 52 or 61. I really would like to get a scag but they only come in fixed deck!! It's frustrates me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:41 AM
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generally speaking the wider the deck the more prone to scalping it will be
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:49 AM
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Yeah, a fixed deck that size will be prone to scalping. You do not want a 61 inch fixed deck!
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:40 AM
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Hahaha! That's what I figured! I just figured I would see what the general consensus was on it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:12 AM
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I've never seen a 61 inch Scag walk behind. Do they even make them?
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:07 PM
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They make 61's and 72's!!!!!! They are on Craigslist here in CT and mass
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:11 AM
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As it goes with any machine you learn where it will scalp and where it won't. If you know the property shouldn't be much of a problem if you don't risk it in tricky spots until you get a good idea of where a new machine can go and where it can't.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:28 AM
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As it goes with any machine you learn where it will scalp and where it won't. If you know the property shouldn't be much of a problem if you don't risk it in tricky spots until you get a good idea of where a new machine can go and where it can't.
Agreed.
You HAVE to know the property which ever size deck you have.
I've been thrown over the bars on several walkbehinds because of uneven spots or hidden objects next to beds etc...
That's why I want to get rid of all my bigger walkbehinds and just use a 36 hydro for gated properties.
However, I have been stopped in my tracks with my 36 also.
Just have to read the landscape really good.
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