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Anti-Scalp Wheels - How are your's treating you?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JimQ, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,139

    Are your anti-scalp wheels holding up? How about the deck bracket?

    eXmark - Is eXmark on to something with the new wheel profile they use? How do they hold up? Do their special bolts hold up?
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    Ferris - Do you like the castering type? I've heard they fold back pretty easily if you hit something.
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    Hustler - Bolts still breaking?
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    Scag - Do these hold up or does the bracket bend?
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    Thanks Guys,

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  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937


    I have experience with the Hustler and the older eXmark's.

    The Hustler breaks and bends the 1/2" grade 5 bolt very easily. I recently retrofitted eXmark's new ones that you pictured above to it. Due to our extreme drought, I've yet to try them. I'm hoping they're stronger or at least as strong as the older eXmark type. The old eXmark type were bullet proof. Several years and several thousand hours and never a problem.

    I bent my first Hustler bolt within 10 hrs!
  3. T Total Lawncare

    T Total Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from The deep south
    Posts: 1,111

    I like the the type that is mounted from both sides like scag. My outside wheels are bent and are wobbling when they roll. Its due to cutting the bottom of ditch banks catching uneven turf. I keep them on the highest setting to avoid this but it still happens.
  4. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    mine on my toro are great! no problems!
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    I have the older exmark style and they're doing good. The plastic it self wears out faster I think but the bolts are tough. The new exmark ones were nice, I likes how they coned them so they didn't catch as much if you turned on a hill and hit a flat spot.
  6. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 344

    I haven't had any issues with either the Scag's or Exmark Casters bending or breaking but the scag's could use more downward adjustabilty. they don't do much for ya when the cut heights are in the 4"+ range

  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    My Grasshopper 61" is similar to the Scag design, which I would think is the strongest. My Dixon had the type like the others and the bolt was trashed within a couple weeks.

    Honestly I think the whole scalp wheel setup is a little far fetched. That little wheel can't hold up the whole deck on even softish ground, all it does if makes a furrow. On my machine the corner of the deck, by way of it's design, is what will catch things like sidewalks. The other side the blower hangs lower than the deck, and that will plow up some grass if I'm not paying attetion.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    I replace my Hustler bolts and wheels all the time. Fortunately, the wheels only cost me about $10.
  9. Boonman

    Boonman LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 55

    My Toro Turbo Force wheels are fantastic. I replace about 2 sets a season from wear though. I run them lower than most, I hate scalping.
  10. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    No problems with my ferris.I like the swiveling wheels, and the support on both sides of the wheel

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