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floating or fixed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PaulJ, Dec 8, 2002.

  1. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    floating deck
    fixed deck

    I'm wondering about opinions on which type of deck to get on a 48" hydro walkbehind mower. from the specs i've looked at the floating deckes are quite a bit heavier.
    but the fixed deck models sometimes have smaller tires.
    I don't change cutting hights much so that's not a big issue.

    Just wondering what everyones thoughts are on the subject. The brands currently in the running are scag, gravely, lesco, toro, hustler, and snappper.

    I know I don't want a "stamped deck" so that rules out the toro and the lesco floating.

    I do plan on running double blades, and pulling a standup sulky. Is ther a fixed deck mower that has several anti scalp rollers like the floating decks?? I know some fixed decks have none. can anti-cscalp rollers be added?? I mow some rough lawns and some ditch slopes , that is why I was leanig towards the floating but now I'm reconsiderning.

    thanks for your thoughts.
  2. JML

    JML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 415

    We purchased two Scag 52's with the advantage floating deck. They are heavy, but very well built. They also cut extremely nice. I think they were only $300 or $400 more than the regular deck 48". I think it was worth the extra money....
  3. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    Rough lawns and some ditches? I would consider a floating deck.

    Besides the anti-scalp wheels being a plus, the EXMARK floaters are quick and easy to adjust. I love mine. They have been nothing but sweet! Durable, excellent cut, ect.

    Good luck in your decision. :)
  4. I agree with what sls said and also the floater dont affect the deck pitch like it does on a fixed deck when you change heights of cut.
  5. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Thanks for the replys

    That all goes along with what I was thinking.
    I just wasn't sure if I was on the right track.

    picking a floating deck also helps me narrow down my choices some. Right now I am leaning towards scag.

    thanks again
  6. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    Where the heck is Exmark? Its hard to beat their cut.
  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    I know Exmark is a good brand , but my dealer here has no sevice department. Plus there are a few other things on the exmark that aren't quite what I'm looking for. They might still be in the running though. just wish I could see one in person (see my other thread on Long distance dealers).
  8. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    start your own exmark dealership. I plan on opening one when i graduate.
  9. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    what affect are you talking about oodin?

    I will change my fixed deck by alternating 3 of the 4 spacers to adjust height and I have found absolutely no difference in cut by changing spacers.

  10. george i guess i should have said it threw it off on the scag fixed decks we use to have when setting the mower deck up at three inchs.
    It was always a pain to get the pitch right on the fixed deck scags .

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