TTHP or Viking? or just floating/fixed deck hydro?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by blakerugg, Mar 18, 2010.


fixed or floating deck hydro wb?

  1. fixed

    5 vote(s)
  2. floating

    30 vote(s)
  1. I have the viking and i wish i had gotten the tthp
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    tthp is where it's at.

    floating decks are the superior deck in my opinion.

    your on the right track already going with a hydro. don't mess with those gear driven (belt drive) mowers.

    i have a 36" metro and i wish i would have spent a little extra money and at least got the viking because it's hydro.

    if i had to do it all over again i would have gotten the tthp 36" walkbehind because it's both hydro and floating deck.
  3. mowzilla

    mowzilla LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    i use both the turf tracer 36 and 48 and i just bought a 36 metro belt ecs (I used toro belt drives for 20 yrs) and i think that the fixed deck doesn't scalp as much in a 36, haven't used a fixed deck 48, belt is same speed as hydro.. fixed deck cuts just as good from what i have seen, but it tends to gouge a small line on berms vs blade marks with floating a 48 i would go for a tthp, the viking in a 36.. and the belt pulls me pretty good ( i walk hills regardless of which mower i use as far as a walkbehind) . i can turn faster w/ the hydro, but i couldn't afford another hydro right now and needed a new 36.. have velke and catcher with new 36..
  4. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    thanks for all the feedback guys. keep it coming!
  5. mowzilla

    mowzilla LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    again i have hundreds of hours with a 36 tthp, and in the few hours i have used a fixed deck 36 in this size i like it better cut wise..hydro upgrade?? yes if you can afford it.. floating deck, imao only on a 48 and up..
  6. The difference between a viking and a tthp is about 10 benjamins
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    but its worth it for the floating deck.

    scalping is reduced significantly with a floating deck. i just read a post that said there isn't a whole lot of scalping with a 36" in the first place. now that i think back to when i mow with my 36" i haven't had that many scalping issues.

    for most of last season i was running a 52" tthp and i never scalped a single spot. towards the end of the season i purchased a 52" toro grandstand and i've already done more scalping in what was left of last season than i have since i've started the business.

    i love the cut and love the mower. the only thing i'd change would be that it's a fixed deck.
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,064

    Changing cut height on a fixed deck is a pain in the neck so people tend to cut all their lawns at the same height and never change it. I adjust my cutting height on each lawn if necessary, sometimes even 2 heights on the same lawn. It's easy with the floated deck, just pull and replace 4 pins.
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    for each lawn???

    all my lawns get cut at the 3 inch mark unless a client specifies otherwise. i have one client who has me cut it at 2.5 but everyone else is 3.

    the only time i adjust height is if someone hires me and the grass hasn't been cut in a month or more. start out high and take it down. but my week to week clients all get the same heights. and i don't even have to pull and replace 4 pins. i just put the lever at the correct position.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,064

    Yah, if necessary. Most of mine are cut at 3 inches but some higher or lower. And if it's long and there's a little hay on top I may raise up a little and give it a second cut. I've got some lawns that are fesque, some bluegrass and one thats mostly zoysia. Cut height is adjusted to what I consider ideal on each lawn for each cut. I thought that was how to do it, not just cut them all the same because you're too lazy to adjust it or your mower is too difficult to adjust.

    And yah, I can adjust the height on my lazer with the lever too. We were talking about Turf Tracer or Viking here, remember.

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