Fix deck or Floating

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheBigGW, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. TheBigGW

    TheBigGW LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 150

    Sorry to ask but i have always used a fixed deck. I am thinking of purchasing a new mower and I was curious on a floating deck. I was wondering what everyone who has used both kinds can give there input on both kind pros and cons please. So before i spend the money on the floating please let me know about the 2 thanks for yout input....
     
  2. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 623

    Floating you can adjust the cut height of the deck and it has anti-scalp wheels. Floating is usually heavier making it harder to lift it over curbs and such. Generally we like fixed decks under 48" and floating 48" and above, just our preference though. Less maintenace on a fixed deck also.
     
  3. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,919

    I would agree generally with jaybird. I don't have much experience, but have a 36" fixed deck on a w/b, and a 48" floating deck on a ZTR. I can get into bigger trouble with scalping on the 48" floating deck, than with the 36" fixed deck.

    I think other threads on this topic over the years bear out this finding. The wider the deck, the more important the floating feature becomes.
     
  4. markahurley

    markahurley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    floating deck means adjustable deck height (critical if you mow different grasses), as well as a more even cut--this will be much better for the grass, and will reduce your chance of scalping places as well. having used both, i would strongly recommend the floating deck--it is well worth the money.
     
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,919

    This statement implies that fixed decks do not have a height adjustment. Such is not the case -- I adjust my fixed deck often daily, sometimes more than one time over the course of one property. There are two ways to make adjustments, adjustments that can be made with caster washers, and blade bolt washers.
     
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I don't think he meant the fixed decks can't BE adjusted but that it takes alot more time to adjust.
     
  7. TheBigGW

    TheBigGW LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 150

    Correct I understand what a "fixed" deck is. I just want peoples opinions on the floating decks. ex. is floating better then fixed. the pros are and the cons are. Do you think that it cuts better?... All i want to know is people's opinions. thats it thanks again...
     
  8. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    Love the floating deck on a 36 It really dont matter. 48 I perfer it. On any thing bigger It is a must for me
     
  9. TheBigGW

    TheBigGW LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 150

    Why do you love it.... I would really love to hear the reasons why everyone likes them. And if people dont like them or had bad times with either. Then add a post let me know about it please dont just say you love them or they are a must.....I want to know what makes you like them better then the other......
     
  10. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    They contour the groung better. When going around a tree ring it does'nt scalp the low side. you can adjust the height easier faster. the front end is heavier which means a better ride not as much bouncing around.
     

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