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Fixed deck or floating on 36"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dvmcmrhp52, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Ive have decided to buy a 36" walk behind but can't decide if it should be a fixed or floating deck.Does a floating deck on a 36'' make much if any difference?It will be purchased with smaller properties in mind.Just looking for pros and cons from users of small wb's.Not convinced I need a floating deck.

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    Smooth Accounts = Fixed Deck

    Bumpy Accounts = Floating Deck

    I have a floating deck and love it.
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

  4. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    Why limit your capabilities? If we lived in a perfect world where all lawns could be mowed at the same height, get a fixed deck.

    To me, using a fixed deck=limiting your capabilities. You can play with spacers on the front castors to change the "pitch" of the blade. To me, then you are operating a machine in a which the blades are not rotating level [on an even plane with the ground] you've only raised or lowered the front of the deck, the back remains fixed, unless you get out your tools to change the real axle height.

    Complicated and time consuming.

    In my world, its been my experience that I mow different properties requiring different cutting heights, those I determine and those of the boss, the customer, who might want THEIR grass mowed to THEIR satisfaction, not mine.
    Who am I to argue?

    Simple is better.

    I have a floating deck, a Hustler, with an easy to change deck height adjustment, at all four corners, keeps things on an even plane with the ground. The mowing results are very satisfing and it takes under a minute to change deck height settings for any application.

    Be ahead of the game, go with a floater that is user friendly.

    Did I mention Hustler?

    from AL
    Messages: 656

    fiXed decks on the eXmark WB's are great in the fall when ruNNing doubles as you are able to raise the blade spacers & reduce Blowout.
  6. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    Do some searches on this site for the subject matter in your question, this has been covered (one thread very recently) numerous times, and there's lots of input on this.
  7. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    If you change mowing heights often, especially if your mowing height varies by more than about 1", go with a floater. At this size, the cut quality doesn't seem to be much different, but with bigger decks the difference is more apparent.

    What's the difference in initial cost? $400? I'd go with the floater if you have any doubts at all. That's not much money over the mower's life.

    I have a fixed 32" but only went fixed because I didn't like the floater design they had (huge 32" single blade).

    I never had greasy hands until I got a fixed deck mower.
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Thanks gentlemen A floater it will be.
    btw captken,it will be an ex marks the spot not a Hustler.:cool:
  9. Mark P

    Mark P LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Personally id have to say the Fixed deck on such a small mower, ive got two 52" walks new floater and a older fixed, i can cut just as good with a fixed deck and can handel it better not as heavy, but the floater is good also, very easy height adj.......I try an stay on the rider thats real good..........Marks Mowing Service
  10. Zattpazz

    Zattpazz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I like the floating deck better.

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