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anti scalping tips???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vibe Ray, Oct 2, 2000.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 785

    what are your tips on avoiding scalping lawns(with all kinds of mowers)??? Do floating decks really wipe out scalping or do u still have to be careful???
  2. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    I don't think floating decks wipe out scalping completely, but they do help. It depends on what you have the scalp wheels set and what height you are cutting on. Don't get me wrong, there is a big difference between floating and fixed decks!! I wouldn't drive through a yard thinking that its not going to scalp anyhting, because it does, it just depends on the terrain and how you handle it. Takes practice and knowing what your machine can and can not do, that is the best way to avoid scalping. Overall, the floating decks are a lot better than the fixed decks!!

    MIDSOUTH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    i have a 61" turf tiger and when i go over rough place or there is a hole in the yard-i will take my foot and apply slight pressure on the deck lift pedal.the deck floats but they are so heavy you have to help them out sometimes,doing this i can mow a bumpy yard without scalping it the majority of the time.
  4. LazerZ101

    LazerZ101 Banned
    Posts: 22

    Ditto what MIDSOUTH said...
  5. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Better to cut a little high the first time on the lawn. Learn where your bad spots might be.
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    If possible-keep a tire on the highest part of the hump that is scalp prone-most decks scalp the easiest in the center and the edges.With a tire on the hump it is more likely to get by without digging in.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    This is something that I tell all my helpers; if theres a hill and a flat area, cut one or the other . You can't cut both of them at the same time. But most of them will still try to cut both!

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