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anti scalping tips???

Vibe Ray

LawnSite Senior Member
Slidell, LA
what are your tips on avoiding scalping lawns(with all kinds of mowers)??? Do floating decks really wipe out scalping or do u still have to be careful???


LawnSite Bronze Member
Pittsburgh, Pa
I don't think floating decks wipe out scalping completely, but they do help. It depends on what you have the scalp wheels set and what height you are cutting on. Don't get me wrong, there is a big difference between floating and fixed decks!! I wouldn't drive through a yard thinking that its not going to scalp anyhting, because it does, it just depends on the terrain and how you handle it. Takes practice and knowing what your machine can and can not do, that is the best way to avoid scalping. Overall, the floating decks are a lot better than the fixed decks!!


LawnSite Senior Member
i have a 61" turf tiger and when i go over rough place or there is a hole in the yard-i will take my foot and apply slight pressure on the deck lift pedal.the deck floats but they are so heavy you have to help them out sometimes,doing this i can mow a bumpy yard without scalping it the majority of the time.


LawnSite Platinum Member
This is something that I tell all my helpers; if theres a hill and a flat area, cut one or the other . You can't cut both of them at the same time. But most of them will still try to cut both!