Fixed Deck vs. Floating Deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jtrice11, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What is better--a fixed deck or a floating deck for a 48" walk behind and why would you choose one over the other?
     
  2. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
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    DEPENDS ON THE TERRAIN YOU MOW....


    for flat lands a fixed would be fine.. for hilly areas a floating will be better, less scalping...

    A floating deck allows you to easily adjust cutting height from 2 - 5"s(i think)

    for some reason I feel that fixed decks stripe really nice though.........

    I used a floating deck
     
  3. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm only going to have 1 walk behind so I think a floating would be better. It can handle both flat and hilly then, correct?
     
  4. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
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    yep. by hilly, I mean short rolling hills... both machines can cut on hills(just to be clear)

    a floating deck will conform to the terrain..... If you can afford the extra for the floating I would go for it....
     
  5. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks, I need all the advice I can get. Gonna mow lawns this year for a living, I've been doing as much research as I can on equipment, bidding etc...
    I live in an expensive area and I think there is some money to be made around here.
     
  6. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
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    Floating. more money. can change height.
     
  7. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I see you've been in business 1 year. how did it go?
     
  8. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,165


    IMO the main advantage to a floating deck is to dial in your deck RAKE and then have it remain constant at all cutting heights.
     

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