To float or be fixed (talking about a mower)?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Howie's Lawn Care, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is there a big difference in the quality of cut the TORO commercial walk-behind produce? What is the difference in cut between the floating decks and fixed decks?
     
  2. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like the floating deck because I have to frequently change cutting heighth. As far as the quality of cut, I have never heard of a difference between the two.
     
  3. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    What does floating decks have to do with changing height? A fixed deck has height adjustment too, right?
     
  4. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    floating has pins to raise or lower
    fixed has 3 bolts on each side to take out to raise or lower it.
     
  5. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not scag fixed, i was raised on a floating decks we bought 2 scags this year was not sure if i would like the change i was fooled pulling the spacers are a breeze.
     
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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  7. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is floating much more productive because of the easier height adjustment?
     
  9. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can adjust the height on my 48" exmark fixed deck in no time with a jack stand and a pair of gloves. The spacers are very easy to adjust. It is not necessary to adjust the bolts in the back of the deck.
     
  10. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    not really, unless you cut some lawns at two inches and other at 3" and still others at 3.5".

    I would try to get all the lawns at the same height, even if you had a floating deck. I've almost scalped some lawns when I forgot to raise the deck pin. lucky I started in the back that day.

    I really wouldn't worry about fix/floating on a walkbehind as far as cut issures go, because mose of them go slow enough that you can see a bump or hill crest coming, and "float" the deck by lightly pushing, or pulling back on the handles to float the deck over.
     

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