To those guys who have a floating deck W.B.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by J&R Landscaping, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    To all of you who have a floating deck wb, how many times do you change the deck height? I'm in the market for a 52" wb and have decided on a hydro but I can't decide if it is going to be worth it for me to get a fixed deck mower or a floating deck mower.

    I was running a bobcat 52" hydro walkbehind last year and it was a fixed deck machine. I would have changed the deck height maybe 5 or 6 times the whole season.

    Just curious as to what others do...

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    to me its not about changing the height its about not sclaping
  3. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    i don't have a WB, but myu rider w/ floating deck is great, i haven't had to change height yet. but a lot of the lawns here are so bumpy that a floating deck is needed.
  4. opher

    opher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I have a new EX-MARK TT 48" ,Love it , floating deck is the way to go. I change the height 1 time per week , all my lawns are at 3" , but one is at 2.5
    It only takes about 30 sec. to change.

    Good luck
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Thanks for the opinions! Keep em comming!!!
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Rule: changing the deck height is always a royal pain.
  7. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    Only when the deck is FIXED. Floating decks scalp less, and are easier to change the cutting height. I have 3 good customers now that want their grass cut shorter than everyone else (despite my attempt to persuade them otherwise) and if I had a fixed deck, where changing height is such a b!tch, those would be 3 customers that I would not have. Floating decks are well worth the extra money to me.
  8. raschmid07

    raschmid07 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    I change mine on an average of every four yards. Around here in East Tennessee people have different types of fescues that grow at different rates. I love my floating deck.
  9. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,694

    Even if you only change cutting height a couple times a year, the floating deck is the deck to have.

    You can adjust cut height at the front wheel on a fixed deck, but you won't get the right pitch unless you adjust the back too, normally a real pain.

    I heard my floating deck all day today -- rattles. Happens each time you hit a high spot, let's you know the deck is working! You'll get a smoother cut with a floating deck, and this is coming from someone who just one year ago said they were just a way to get more money per mower. After trading in my new fixed deck I bought last year on a floater, I'll stick with the floating deck from now on!
  10. hamsey

    hamsey LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 123

    I have a TTHP and change heights a couple of times a week depending on conditions. Takes all of 30 seconds. I was going to get a fixed deck glad I got the floater.


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