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Fixed Deck Scalping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandFakers, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. CLS LLC

    CLS LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 487

    My main mower is a 61 inch fixed deck Wright Stander. I don't have any problems with scalping, but it does take a little more effort to avoid it.

    The only minor issue is not being able to adjust the mowing height easily, but I still prefer the fixed deck because less moving parts means less down time.
  2. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    You HAVE to know the property which ever size deck you have.
    I've been thrown over the bars on several walkbehinds because of uneven spots or hidden objects next to beds etc...
    That's why I want to get rid of all my bigger walkbehinds and just use a 36 hydro for gated properties.
    However, I have been stopped in my tracks with my 36 also.
    Just have to read the landscape really good.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Anyone who thinks a floating deck won't scalp is a moron...if its a 48" deck it's still 48" of flat surface regardless of what type of mower it's on. If you learn how to operate either one you will scalp less. If you drive both mowers over a hump in the lawn they will both remove the top of the hump.

    That being said I would only choose a floater because I like being able to change height of cut easily.
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  4. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,225

    the 61in scags weight a ton i would never own one a friend of mine has one and i tried it for a minute and hated it the biggest walk behind i would buy would be a 52 i like being able to adjust my deck
  5. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    Im not saying the floating deck wont scalp. Im saying that for the sole reason of being able to change the height much easier than a fixed deck.
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I wasn't referring to you as a moron, but I've heard it before "buy a floating deck so it won't scalp"
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  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,135

    I've scalped more with floating decks than fixed decks because I have more hours on floating decks.

    Just learn the machine and the property and maybe you'll have to trim some dips and doodles every now and again.

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