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Fixed Deck Scalping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandFakers, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    How much is the scalping of bigger fixed deck walk behinds of an issue? I would like to add another walk behind for wet days and I have found a good deal on a used one and have no experience with large fixed deck models. I know my 36 won't really ever scalp, but that deck is as wide as the wheels. Thanks in advance guys
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  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    What size mower are you talking about? Ultimately it depends on the operator being aware of how to avoid scalping and not putting the machine in a situation where it will. A good operator can use a 48 inch fixed deck without scalping with no problem. A lousy operator can scalp with a 21 inch mower. Personally, I wouldn't want a fixed deck mower over 48 inches. Actually I wouldn't want one at all, but it's more of a height adjustment issue than scalping issue for me.
     
  3. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    Either 52 or 61. I really would like to get a scag but they only come in fixed deck!! It's frustrates me.
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  4. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    generally speaking the wider the deck the more prone to scalping it will be
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, a fixed deck that size will be prone to scalping. You do not want a 61 inch fixed deck!
     
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hahaha! That's what I figured! I just figured I would see what the general consensus was on it.
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  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've never seen a 61 inch Scag walk behind. Do they even make them?
     
  8. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    They make 61's and 72's!!!!!! They are on Craigslist here in CT and mass
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  9. xstatikplus

    xstatikplus LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 294

    As it goes with any machine you learn where it will scalp and where it won't. If you know the property shouldn't be much of a problem if you don't risk it in tricky spots until you get a good idea of where a new machine can go and where it can't.
     
  10. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldnt even think of getting anything bigger than a 48 without a floating deck
     

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