Adding Anti-scalp Wheels

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by B&Clawncare, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    I currently run a 52" Scag Pro-v as one of my mowers. It does not have anti-scalp wheels on either side of the deck, just one in the middle. Unfortunately it scalps a lot more than other mowers I have run.

    Has anyone actually added anti-scalp wheels to a deck?
     
  2. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
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    John Deeres mostly are standard with them. They are worth their weight in gold. You will not be disappointed you added them. Go for it.
     
  3. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    How do you suggest attaching them?
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    I was thinking more like anti-scalp wheels and not full on caster wheels lol.
     
  6. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just look at how all the other decks have them mounted and do the same. I'd suggest using robust, C-channel or square tube cut in half, angle-cut to closely match the surface angle, and welding it to the deck, like others are done. Rollers are pretty generic. They'll make a huge difference, for sure.
     
  7. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the insight. I really don't want to garf up the deck and the paint... Ill have to see what works.
     
  8. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't see a choice, on the paint. Find a good fab shop and let them have at it. Scag offers OEM spray paint. No, it won't be perfect. But, the rollers will be worth it.

    I'd get your material cut, holes drilled, rollers bolted up, deck dropped onto the existing roller, then, tack on the new ones. Remove the rollers and do a final weld. That way all your rollers are even.
     
  9. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
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    Double check cutting height, deck level and pitch. May be scalping more than it should if one of those is off. I have ran into that. I did add anti-scalp wheels to a 52" Grandstand. Ordered the parts from a Toro 60" deck, had to drill three holes (one for each set). I might have modified the bracket a bit too. Looked stock when I was done.
     
  10. B&Clawncare

    B&Clawncare LawnSite Member
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    It is a quick height adjust deck. I cut at 3+ inches all the time. Usually 3.5. You think the pitch may be off?
     

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