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Fixed Deck Mowing Quality

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Pro-Lawn&Grounds, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Pro-Lawn&Grounds

    Pro-Lawn&Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    I was doing the lawn today at my place and I like to walk the front with the older bobcat I have ... I can't help but notice every week that I just like the cut of a fixed deck so much more than the floating decks ... I know everyone prefers floating decks but I think I'm going to add a Viking to the mowing rig ... I can never get the cut out of the turf tracer that I do with the fixed deck ...

    Anyone else notice this?
     
  2. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    I agree and so does my dealer. It is just being able to adjust the height all the way around makes things a little better.hard to change from 2" to 4" yard to yard. When I had my fixed deck I would air the rear tired up some and be able to get 3.5" out of it.
     
  3. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    I'm a little confused about what advantages you guys think fixed decks have over floating decks. I have a 42" fixed deck and I've never had a floating deck. Sometimes I wish it was a floating deck so I wouldn't have to worry about scalping on uneven turf.
     
  4. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    Floating decks won't fix that problem. It may even make it worse. You have to learn the the uneven turf and how to mow around it.
     
  5. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    how about providing some reasoning why you think fixed>floating.

    and i do mow uneven turf with the 21. i'd just rather do them with the 42. that's where having a floating deck would come in handy imo
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,806

    It's harder to mow hills with a fixed deck.
     
  7. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    thank you tim. i don't think those guys know what they're talking about
     
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,806

    You will still scalp with a floating deck. It's not a miracle. Just another tool.
     
  9. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    yes of course a floating can still scalp but the fixed deck can be scalp city when you go over any small dip in the ground. To each his own i guess but i'd much rather have a floating deck hover over dips in the ground and leave the grass uncut rather than have a fixed deck scalp at any small dip. You can always go back with the trimmer and get uncut grass but you can't do much after a scalp
     
  10. Pro-Lawn&Grounds

    Pro-Lawn&Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    lol a floating deck scalps way more than a fixed deck ... I have a turf tracer and that deck weighs a freaking ton ... sometimes by the end of the day if we're changing heights we've got two guys doing it ... the idea of a floating deck is that it will hit the area with the scalp wheels and then "float" over until its even again ... but when the deck weighs a couple hundred LB and you're doing 4+mph its gonna rip up some turf
     

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