Hustler Suspension Flex Forks Review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by stevesmowing, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have been testing a set of flex forks from hustler over the past week. If you are not familiar with these check out this form which has pics.

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=121408&page=2&highlight=flex+forks

    The flex forks do smooth out the ride a lot. However it is hard to tell if it is the flex forks or the lowered cutting height now in the fall that is causing more scalping than normal. I am going to try to lower the anti scalp wheels on my deck and give it a try later this week. I have noticed when mowing steep hills sideways the lower side of the deck tends to scalp, my guess is because more weight is transferred to the one flex fork. I hope lowing the anti scalp wheels will help this. However on my large properties I can mow at full speed and not have the deck slam up and down like it would before if I went full speed. Every time I load it on to my trailer you use to feel the bump as I transition onto the gate; now, no bump. I'll let you know the results of lowing the scalp wheels.

    Over all they smooth out the ride a lot. The scalping isn't too bad given I am cutting at 2.25-2.5" now for the fall. I'll take pics of them on my mower tomorrow and post those, maybe I can even get a movie clip up. Feel free to ask me any questions you have. I'll keep everyone updated.
     
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dixie Chopper has had that type of fork (but with an adjustable steel spring) for about a year now. That leaning thing is a concern of mine and the very reason I haven't bought them. It is also the reason I haven't even bothered to look at any of the suspension mowers.
     
  3. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think adjusting the scalp wheels will help this. The amount it smooths out the ride is huge. I can mow 13-15 mph and not have the deck bounce.
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
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    SOOOOO True.
    John
     
  5. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
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    I am very interested, I own three of these machines in service now and the ride is tough on ruff ground preventing from full speed mowing.
     
  6. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lowering the anti scalp wheels made a huge difference. Scalping is very little now. I have some lawns that the customers insisted I cut very short (2") and it did not scalp on these. I have been very productive with my machine lately being able to mow fast and get a smooth and nice cut.
     
  7. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
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    On really rough ground do the wheels come back far enough to hit the deck?
     
  8. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    No.
    I have run the Flex Forks and we have also tested with several end users, and we have not once had this happen.

    Pj
     
  9. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    there is plenty of clearance and it is not an issue. The ride with the flex forks is about as smooth as a ferris with the 2 wheel rear suspension, only once i lowered the anti scalp wheels the super z doesn't scalp like the ferris did.
     
  10. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
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    my ferris is yet to scalp?
     

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