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Floating vs. fixed

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by basset, Jun 14, 2002.

  1. basset

    basset LawnSite Member
    from ma.
    Posts: 2

    Newbie here,

    Just starting in the business and looking for a wb mower. It will be used in a condo development with many small sections of lawn , small trees and small inclines. What will better suit my needs a floating deck or fixed? I am currently looking at a toro model with the floater belt drive and a hydro Scaq fixed deck. My main concern is the tight areas and small inclines.



    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Best advice: find a dealer that will let you demo them. I have a rather large mower and if the ground is soft, the deck will force the anti-scalp wheels into the dirt anyhow - floating doesn't always work.
  3. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    I have a 48" fixed deck and I really like it. If I were to go with a larger deck I would opt for the floating deck but with the 48 fixed id fine.
  4. basset

    basset LawnSite Member
    from ma.
    Posts: 2

    Is it all that necessary on a 36" deck to even use a floater. Why then do they offer floating decks ? Is it for uneven terrain? Forgive me if I seem uneducated on this but I can't seem to find anything in the archives on peoples preferences? Advantages or Disadvantages? The dealers have their own opinions with their brands?
  5. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    The bigger the deck the harder to handle physically. In my opinon anything over a 48 should be floating. 48 or less you can manuver easily to keep from scalping. My advice save the extra money to spend on trimmers and blowers and such.
  6. GrassMaster84

    GrassMaster84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 141

    A floating deck can help prevent most scalping, but a fixed deck is much stronger and can take a beating, if it were me I would just go with the fixed deck for better durability!:)
  7. Just Cut

    Just Cut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I have a Exmark 48" metro fixed deck and have had no problems with scalping on uneven terrain, It is a very durable mower:)
  8. We do 4 U

    We do 4 U LawnSite Member
    Posts: 183

    I USED to have a green wb with a fixed deck. I now have a toro floating deck. I didn't like the fixed deck because it seemed to beat me up because when the deck moves so does the whole mower and it scalped A LOT. Now with the floating deck it is a lot smoother. When I hit a bump only the deck moves.
  9. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    Much easier to change cutting height on my Exmark turftracer (floating deck)
  10. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    We have both. Fixed and floating.

    Don't have a problem with the fixed scalping, but being able to adjust the height easily makes the floating deck come out on top in our opinion.

    You may not think you will have to adjust your cutting height frequently, but you will be surprised that there are times that you will need to. Having a floating deck makes this task a breeze.

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