Video: learn about how decks cut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tacoma200, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not the biggest Cub Cadet fan but this video is really informative about how decks work. Reasons for the high or low front edge. Reasons for having few baffles in some grasses while needing more baffling for softer grasses. The SELECT CUT SYSTEM by Cub Cadet is pretty impressive on paper. It shows they are working hard to customize decks for different conditions. I'm not sure how it performs in the real world but I'm impressed with the effort. Here's a link. Watch the entire video for the most information. Especially those new to the business.

    http://www.cubcadetcommercial.com/w...10401&catalogId=17504&pageName=TankVideo.html


    http://www.cubcadetcommercial.com/w...1&pageName=cubcadetcommercial_difference.html

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  2. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    thanx for the report , interesting info .
     
  3. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    Thats a good video it would really be better if they a nicer lawn to show what the mower is capable of. It obviously knocks down grass great, but how many of us mow lawns that look that bad? I want to see a mower make a nice cut and leave a nice stripe. Tanks are getting better. How much are they anyone know?
     
  4. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
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    I was kind of disappointed in that video. The grass looked absolutely horrible and you would think they would show off that striping kit that comes with the deck. To me it just looked liked the grass had been cut too short with dull blades and they either did not have the striping rollers installed or they don't work that well. The problem could be as simple as the company that produced the commercial not having a clue what they are doing or it really represents the quality of the new deck.
     
  5. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    I don't think they no what their doing or what it is we want to see. They are just showing how fast it will mow and blow, not the finished product. To bad I need to see the stripes and quality of cut I don't have any lawns like that. But I still like the video as far as showing different features of the mower. All dealers can learn from this, put it on tape.

    Bad Boy send me a mower to make a video in Northern season grasses. I'll buy it if cuts and stripes decent with a mulching kit.:waving:
     
  6. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your right the grass in the video isn't the greatest. The explaining of what the front edge being higher or lower and how it affects the cut is what interest me. Also the removable baffles. Yea you would think they would find some really nice turf to show on the video. But the theory of how the deck works is all I was interested in, not the bad turf. This deck is being advertised in a lot of magazines and comes with an adjustable striper or at least that's what the adds show in the magazines. Like I said I'm not the greatest Cub Cadet fan but anytime I find a video describing "why" they do certain things to decks to make them preform is always interesting. I'm not promoting Cub here, just the reasoning for why they design decks the way they do.

    This makes me understand why Hustler with few baffles and a high front baffle does well in the rigid Southern grasses and not so good in Midwest locations where lift is needed. I've noticed a lot of company's that make video's to promote their product don't choose the best location or turf for the video or show them cutting off only a small amount of grass.
     
  7. Groh's Mows

    Groh's Mows LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for posting the video link. The adjustable baffles remind me of what Scag has with the advantage and velocity decks and the Toro system, I think it is called the turbo baffle or something like that. The Toro would make the most sense here where fescue and bermuda are both common lawns. With Toro's adjustable deck there is a quick change lever to move the steel plate(s) whereas with Scag or Cub it is not something you would want to change too often with several bolts or nuts to take loose or even all the way out.
     
  8. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    Do you know what these Tanks are going for $$$?
     
  9. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    To be honest and I'm not putting down on Cub but they are still only used by home owners or young kids trying to get in the business here. But I know from Envy and ProStreetCamaro that they are a capable machine. I have never priced one but they are supposed to run less than most any commercial ZTR if what I hear is correct. ProStreet said his dealer was to rigid in his pricing so he went with Gravely instead this time though.
     
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
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    The one I demoed in 2006 was just under $8000 if I remember correctly. But the ride was what dissapointed me the most. If Toro didn't take over Exmark I would go back for another ultracut deck but I hate Toro so bad I can't even look at a new Exmark.
     

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