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Old 07-08-2012, 12:50 AM
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Fixed Deck?

Hello,

I have been looking around for a new WB mower. I currently cant afford a floating deck WB, but all my clients yards are mowed between 2 to 3 inches. So I figured a fixed deck be fine. The main problem is, is it ok for the mower pitch to change? For example can I set the deck to 3 inches. With say in this set up two spacers below the front caster. As of now the deck is even. Now if I wanted to change the height to say 2 inches can I take those two spacers off (the spacers are .5 inches) and mow like that? with the deck uneven. Does it even cut properly or not? I have never owned one before so I honestly do not know.
Also I have been looking at some brands and was thinking Toro, or Exmark. Any cons, pros? Aren't they very similar in design?

Thank You very much any answer is greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:22 AM
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Although toro makes a good machine i think the decks are to shallow and dont mulch or vac as well
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:24 AM
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Thanks very much, any advice on the fixed deck prob?
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:32 AM
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Thanks very much, any advice on the fixed deck prob?
No problem with them. I wish I had a floating deck just because it is easier, but my Exmark Viking cuts great. I never change the spacers under the deck, just on the castors.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:39 AM
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Thanks very much.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:35 AM
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I've been using fixed deck mowers and changing the pitch in the way you describe, since 1996. I've never noticed a problem.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:53 AM
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The Exmark Metro is a great fixed deck mower to have. It cuts great and it's very affordable. You should look into one.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:38 PM
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I have a fixed-deck, Exmark Viking, 36" cut. I change heights with the caster washers, just as Hawkshot said. Yes, the deck pitch changes, but I never have seen a problem with quality of cut with the change. I use 4/0, 3/1, and 2/2 (spacers beneath the support/spacers above the support).

The Viking has through-bolts, with spacer washers to adjust the blade position with respect to the deck. Typically, I run two washers above, two below, the deck. In other words, two washers under the nut, and two washers between the bottom of the spindle, and the blade.

I never have changed the deck/traction unit position. Frankly, I am unable to tell you where it is bolted.

Sometimes, 4/0 on caster spacers and 2/2 on blade washers does not set the blade high enough. This happens when knocking down high growth, and need a high setting for first pass. I also have one lawn where the customer demands the high setting. In those cases, I move all blade washers to the top of spindle position, meaning the blade is snug against the underside of the spindle. With the blades in this position, I think the quality of cut is less, and the discharge force of the debris is less. Clippings do not spread as evenly as with 2/2.

I hope this helps. If not, and need pics, I can shoot some and post.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:45 PM
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I kinda get you, a pic or two be nice. I am very visual.

Thanks to all!!!!
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:18 PM
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I plan to do some service work tomorrow evening, so can shoot some pics then.
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