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Fixed Deck vs. Floating Deck

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Babbages01, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Babbages01

    Babbages01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I need to get a bigger mower...possibly a 33 to 36 inch deck...but what are the benefits of fixed and floating decks?

    With the floating deck I would expect less scalping, but is that the only upside to it?
  2. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    I don't think I would pay the extra $$$$$$$$$$$ for a floating deck in the 36"
    range. If it was going to be my primary mower ???????????
  3. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    TSG hows the mowing business in N Woodstock....We go camping, well drinking in Lincoln all the time.....I just bought my 52" lazer hp with ultra vac off a guy in Plymouth this spring. My wife and I are looking at moving north, I love it up there.
  4. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    I think I was ther when you picked it up.
    I was actually hoping to pick up some of his clients.
    Biusnees up here is not great, but there is a nitch for
    quality work.
    Very tight community
    I am hoping to do more in Plymouth

    ps, give a yell if you come up
    We have some great micro brews

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    When I was looking for my 36" the only plus side people gave me was the ease of cutting height adjustment. For the extra money it wasn't worth it for me, since I haven't moved the deck height yet. I have only scalped one spot in a yard and learned a lesson from it.

    MOWEMJEFF LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Hey TSG you know of any other walk behinds for sale in your area???I'm having trouble finding anything used and am looking at spending the big bucks. Any info would be great.
  7. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    I have a bobcat 36 belt
    with a catcher (200.00) in great shape.
    A couple years old. I bought it used , had it tuned up.
    It cuts great,,,,the problemis that I need to go in for surgery.
    I have $1050.00 into it.
    I decided to buy a hydro.
    I was going to keep the BC as a back-up.
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    The only other big thing would be the height adjustment. I thought I would notice some scalping issues with my larger (52") fixed deck wb but I dont have any scalping issues with it!
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    I don't think scalping would be much of an issue with a 36" deck if it was a fixed deck.

    I just bought another WB, was looking at the Viking vs. the Turf Tracer HP, and I decided that the speed and ease at which you can change cutting heights on a floting deck was worth the extra money(to me) for the Turf Tracer so that's what I went with.

    But if you NEVER change cutting height or very rarely, no reason why you shouldn't save the $ and get a fixed deck...

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