Floating deck

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by trails end lawn, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. trails end lawn

    trails end lawn LawnSite Member
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    I have a 61" Scag Tiger Cub it has been a great mower but i have had trouble with it scalping constantly. This does happen even when i set the deck up high 3". How do i tell if it is a floating or a fixed deck. I know this sounds like a stupid question but the sales man told me it was floating so i took his word for it. Just seems like it should not be scalping this much or is it something i am doing very wrong. Thanks a Bunch.


    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    A floating deck is the kind of deck that you can raise or lower with a lever. A fixed deck, you have to adjust the cutting height by moving caster spacers, blade spacers and the rear axle.

    I'm pretty sure your machine is floating.
  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your deck is a floating deck, but that doesn't mean that it won't scalp. The floating deck is suspended by a lever and a couple chains. You just need to learn the machine and realize its abilities. When you're rounding the top of a hill or burm you need to use the foot lever to lift the deck slightly. If you have to; just go back and touch it up with a trimmer to blend any grass that's left a little too long.

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    might wanna get an exmark :waving:
  5. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
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    guess you're going to also tell him that exmarks won't scalp? :confused:

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Every kind of mower can and will scalp in certain situations. Even with the anti-scalp rollers. You just have to "re-learn" how to cut each customer's lawn every time you use a new machine.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    very good advice hoolie. I have customers lawns that I have been doing for 5+ years and depending on the property type I always scalp the lawn in certain areas. I can't avoid it
  8. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    On our Cub Tanks we pin the front end in so it dosen't move. Works best for us!!!

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