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Best deck & worst deck of your career???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bunton Guy, Aug 17, 2003.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,755

    What is the BEST deck you have EVER used on a mower and what is the WORST deck you have EVER used on a mower in your career of mowing grass???

    No bashing eachs others opinions please!

    For me so far the best deck I have used is the newer scag decks.

    Worst deck would have to be by far the toro 21" recycler deck. I could be cutting 1/8" of new growth off and the mower would be bogging yet my old Murray 21" would mulch grass with no problem with even a smaller motor!
  2. TRex

    TRex LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW ,TX
    Posts: 487

    I had the same problem after I changed to a notched blade. If you don't have the original blade on it try to find one that has a lower lift. But this was on my pro-line 2-cycle. I know that to much lift will hold a lot of clippings in the deck on any mower...
  3. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 653

    Iv only run BobCats, but I like them a lot. I was mowing the other day right next to a yard that a guy was using a Scag. My mower was clumping, and his wasn't. Same hight and everything.

    I also had a lawn boy 22 that I didn't care fore. I don't like the off set deck. It clogs, and I cant go up and down steps easy. I cut the support out of the grass opening, and it weekend the mower deck. Now its bent 7 different ways to Sunday.
    I just bought a Toro 22 and im very happy with it so far. Although I like the rear wheel drive of the Lawn Boy. The Toro has front wheel drive.
  4. ScotLawn

    ScotLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 309

    Best Exmark tri vantage
    Worst Bunton.

    Nuf said
  5. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Sorry Bunton Guy, I have to say the worst was the 36" Bunton I had.
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    I'd have to say my Exmark UltraCut is the best I have used. Hands down, the worst was a 1993 Scag 48" walkbehind. Dealer put a new deck on it, still would not cut well. Distributor picked it up, gave me a loaner for 4 months, then sent me one of the, then new, Florida models. It cut on marginally better and I dumped it for a big loss 5 months later.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Worst- 1991 JD W/B
    Best - 2003 Gravely 272z
  8. C.T. Lawn Care

    C.T. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    best so far would be my new 36" bunton walk-behind
    the worst would be my OLD 52" prostar.. would always clog no matter what
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    I get to use alot of different mowers since I also work on them. From what I have experience with here's IMO best and worst.

    Best- '99 eXmark TTHP of mine.
    Worst- 2001 JD 7-iron deck (I hear the new ones are much better but never tried. this one was JUNK)

    Residential mowers, multi blade decks:
    Best- '95 Simplicity that I had for a short while
    Worst- 80's Craftsman 44"

    Residential mowers, single blade decks:
    Best- Toro 32" that I used to have
    Worst- MTD 30" rear engine rider

    19-22" mowers
    Best- Tie between Lawn Boy and Toro.
    Worst- early 70's Toro shallow deck with straight blade (no lift and slanted cutting edge).
    Most homeowner 19-22" mowers can be made to cut good, but they often cannot match the mulching action of a commercial machine (Lawn Boy's Easy Mulch plate works very well though)
  10. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 216

    Best- Bobcat
    Worst- Toro

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