How do you adjust the deck on fixed deck mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by thesargent, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just curious how you adjust height on fixed deck mowers like the exmark viking. are floating decks easier? thanks.
  2. AAXteriors

    AAXteriors LawnSite Member
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    I think you move the spacer rings on the front caster supports to give it more or less height.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    There are 3 ways to adjust the cutting height...raise/lower the rear axle setting, reconfigure the blade spacers, or reconfigure the front caster spacers. Normally you would want to leave the rear axle at a good setting where you can raise or lower the front casters within your normal range of cutting heights. There's a chart in the manual that gives you all the different configurations.
  4. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
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    cool thanks. so is it a pain in the butt, how long does it take. i read that the Quick36 adjusts very easily and pretty fast. thanks

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    With any fixed deck it's easy to adjust the front casters, you just take off the pin and pull the wheel off and move a spacer or two up or down...maybe 10 seconds per wheel. It's really not a big issue.
  6. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
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    right on sounds good, thanks for your time.
  7. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
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    My Bunton fixed deck has a long bolt going through the spindle. All i have to do is move spaces from the bottom of the blade and it raises the blade when bolted on, thats for small adjustments. For a large move up or down the deck itself has 3 sets of hole the the total deck can move to, then the front wheels have the shafts and spacers to set the blade pitch.

    I have not used it much yet but I think I will like it when its time to shapen the blades. All I have to do is impact rench the top nut on each blade, and the bolt, spacers and blabe drops to the ground. Then I push down on the handel bars and the blade is off laying on the ground, ready to be sharpened. While I have the front up I push it onto a jack stand to hold it up, so I can re insert the bolt/blade unit.
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    To adjust the rear axle on a fixed deck mower, it takes about 1/2 an hour to an hour. Its not that hard of a process but if you need to adjust frequently, save the trouble and get a floating deck machine.

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