hustler Trimstar 48" floating decks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sflannig, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. sflannig

    sflannig LawnSite Member
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    Hey i just bought a Hustler 48" trimstar and was wondering if anyone has had problems with the lack of scalping wheels on the deck. there is only 2 in the center on the front of the deck. Would this cause me problems in the future? If so, does hustler sell scalping wheels with mounting brackets so i can add more. I would appreciate your thoughts
     
  2. SMALLTIME22

    SMALLTIME22 LawnSite Member
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    I picked one up this weekend and have not had any problems. During my demo in july i had no problems with scalping either. Imo hustler might have realized that on a 48" w/b anti-scalp rollers are hardly ever needed. I think the rollers up front are mostly for spindle/blade protection when going up curbs, etc.

    Get a caster wheel sulky for this mower -- excellent movement

    bags leaves like a dream: Dealer did not have a bracket for the grassgobbler so they loaned me the actual husler catcher....works great. My only complaint is the bulky side plate which the catcher mounts too but the catcher itself seems to have a little more capacity.
    Hows the cut?
     
  3. sflannig

    sflannig LawnSite Member
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    It cuts great. I had been looking for the right opportunity to buy one for the last year or so. I have a jungle wheels sulky that i got with it but am considering selling it to get a proslide xt i had demoed a trimstar with a proslide on it and it was awesome. It really improved my stripes. I bounce too much on the jungle wheels and in makes my stripes look shaky. I am also having a little trouble keeping the mower straight on downhill slopes, it goes up straight but wants to drift when going downhill. have you ever had this problem?
     
  4. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I hate it when inertia meets gravity. It's really bad on a gear drive unit.

    Have you tried Hustler's Roll-On Striping Suky?
     
  5. sflannig

    sflannig LawnSite Member
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    i haven't, hows it compare with other sulkies?
     
  6. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've tried it, it's horrible. I took it back right away, was happy to pay the 25% fee to restock it and pay the freight on it, just to get rid of it.

    I DO think I need to look at a Trimstar hydro for next year, but their sulky is the worst.

    Proslide XT all the way!
     
  7. SMALLTIME22

    SMALLTIME22 LawnSite Member
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    Imo.....a fixed sulky with caster wheels is the only way to go, especially on this mower. The trimstar stripes well as it is. Too much lean on the grass is no good anyway. I bought my trimstar with a sulky (not sure of the manuf.) that has 2 pivot points which move up and down only....no left to right. This is huge when doing anything in reverse, no jumping off the sulky. If you need to know who makes this thing let me know. For a good example check out the sulky sold for the quick dually on the bop website....very similar
     
  8. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can roll grass all you want with a Proslide or striping roller and it isn't going to hurt one bit! I have SOME areas that get cut the same pattern every week, year after year (with a walkbehind and Proslide) and they look just as good as lawns I alternate patterns on. I DO offset the wheel pattern every few weeks, but am mowing in the same direction on those areas.
     
  9. SMALLTIME22

    SMALLTIME22 LawnSite Member
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    Too much lean is not good for grass.
    But to stay on topic - sflanning, check out the caster wheel sulkies out there (trimmer trap bull rider i think) but im sure the proslides are great also.
    As for the issues with getting a little loose going downhill, try rotating back just a little when going hills or adjusting the drive chain might help. Just pulling back a little on the handle has served me well
     
  10. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm curious as to what your proof of this is? Something you've read? I know most sources proclaim otherwise, but 25 years in this business (and my own results to the contrary) proves to me it's not true. At least in this area.......... and turf grass is pretty fragile here.
     

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