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Old 06-26-2010, 09:36 AM
TheGoat TheGoat is offline
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Fixed deck VS. Floating

I'm in the market for my first commercial mower and I'm curious about the differences.

What are the pros and cons here.

what are the advantages and drawbacks of each.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:08 AM
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fixed is simple, lighter, cheaper, less parts to break. floating is easier height adjustment. I find that in reality if they are the pin adjustments they scalp about the same, as the pins dont really want to move much, and its a lot easier to dig into soft ground than it is to lift a 200lb deck. I personally prefer floating just for the convenience of being able to get through the entire range of cut height in minutes.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:08 AM
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:21 AM
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Learn on a fixed deck then you will be able to appreciate the suttle improvements of a floating deck. With a lawnmower what you want to do is have sharp blades and cut the customers grass regularly.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:53 AM
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A floating deck will follow the contours of your lawn and you'll really appreciate it when you have hills/dips or just uneven surface.

A nice & even mowing filed, a fixed deck will work fine..... but I've seen very few of them.

Many claim scalping issue with floating decks. I think it's [much] more to do with operator error - and lack of experience - than the deck itself.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:58 AM
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If you are worried about scalping get a pistol grip machine and pop wheelies.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:22 AM
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I prefer floating myself, mostly for the ease of height adjustments. Guys with fixed decks tend to just cut all their lawns at the same height which leaves some lawns but at less than the ideal height. I keep my deck wheels all the way up so it doesn't tend to float very much. I've run them lower but they have a habit of gouging the turf on turns.
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Old 06-26-2010, 12:49 PM
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If you can afford a floating deck, get it. I never had much issue with scalping, with either fixed or floating. It's about knowing how to avoid it. The real benefit of the floating deck is the ease of cut height changing, and the ability that gives you to cater to the needs/desires of the individual customer. I'll never have another fixed deck mower.
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:18 PM
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It's quicker and easier to remove a floating deck for repair or cleaning btw.
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:22 PM
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I have both and prefer a floating, but the only difference really is adjusting is better on the floating.
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