floating vs fixed deck?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cgreen454, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. cgreen454

    cgreen454 LawnSite Member
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    I'm new to the site, and everyone has been EXTREMELY helpful. My question of the day is, what are the major differences between the floating and fixed decks? Advantages and disadvantages of each? Thanks.

    Chris
     
  2. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well a floating deck follows the contour on the ground. A fix deck is just that. dosent float up and down. You can raise and lower a float deck easier than a fixed one. Fixed in my opinionis not for me. I would go for a float deck cause the lawns i do are not completly flat.Do you need to change hieghts to make different clients happy? then a float deck is better. Hope this helps.
     
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    For us, a floating deck is a must. There are some properties that we mow at different heights during the same week...occasionally in the same day. IMO, its easier/faster to change a floating deck height than a fixed. The floating deck all you have to do is pull four pins, adjust the deck height, pop the pin back in. Takes 5 minutes by yourself, about two if you have a helper.
     
  4. cgreen454

    cgreen454 LawnSite Member
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    That clears it up. Great help as always. Thanks guys.

    Chris
     
  5. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What seems to always be forgotten, however, is that quickly adjusting the deck to a higher cut takes the "floating" part out of the mower. All the anti-scalp wheels also must be adjusted as well -- then it's no longer "quick-adjust".

    My next deck will probably be a fixed deck, these floating decks are simply a way for the manufacturers to raise prices a thousand bucks a machine.
     
  6. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I see what you mean about adjusting the anti-scalp wheels, but it doesn't strike me as a big deal to leave the wheels where they are when changing the cut height. Assuming the ground isn't absolutely lumpy, any difference in performance is negligible. If that wasn't the case, we'd hear about it, trust me.

    If the ground is lumpy enough to make that kind of difference, a fixed deck is an even worse proposition yet, so I don't see your point.
     
  7. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's just that where the floating deck IS needed, the quick adjust is not quick at all. And everybody forgets that.
     
  8. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It is quicker if you're not wacked enough to sweat things like changing the set of the anti-scalp rollers every time.
     
  9. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh I almost never change the a.s. rollers on mine, but then again, on rough terrain it doesn't float anymore either. LOL
     
  10. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Haven't adjusted the anti-scalp rollers since the day it rolled onto the first property. I dunno, guess with my lawns it really doesn't matter...I just don't scalp them.

    Good point though.
     

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