Fixed Deck?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PabsMaster, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119


    I have been looking around for a new WB mower. I currently cant afford a floating deck WB, but all my clients yards are mowed between 2 to 3 inches. So I figured a fixed deck be fine. The main problem is, is it ok for the mower pitch to change? For example can I set the deck to 3 inches. With say in this set up two spacers below the front caster. As of now the deck is even. Now if I wanted to change the height to say 2 inches can I take those two spacers off (the spacers are .5 inches) and mow like that? with the deck uneven. Does it even cut properly or not? I have never owned one before so I honestly do not know.
    Also I have been looking at some brands and was thinking Toro, or Exmark. Any cons, pros? Aren't they very similar in design?

    Thank You very much any answer is greatly appreciated.

  2. Antiskell

    Antiskell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Although toro makes a good machine i think the decks are to shallow and dont mulch or vac as well
  3. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Thanks very much, any advice on the fixed deck prob?
  4. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,427

    No problem with them. I wish I had a floating deck just because it is easier, but my Exmark Viking cuts great. I never change the spacers under the deck, just on the castors.
  5. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Thanks very much.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I've been using fixed deck mowers and changing the pitch in the way you describe, since 1996. I've never noticed a problem.
  7. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,718

    The Exmark Metro is a great fixed deck mower to have. It cuts great and it's very affordable. You should look into one.
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    I have a fixed-deck, Exmark Viking, 36" cut. I change heights with the caster washers, just as Hawkshot said. Yes, the deck pitch changes, but I never have seen a problem with quality of cut with the change. I use 4/0, 3/1, and 2/2 (spacers beneath the support/spacers above the support).

    The Viking has through-bolts, with spacer washers to adjust the blade position with respect to the deck. Typically, I run two washers above, two below, the deck. In other words, two washers under the nut, and two washers between the bottom of the spindle, and the blade.

    I never have changed the deck/traction unit position. Frankly, I am unable to tell you where it is bolted.

    Sometimes, 4/0 on caster spacers and 2/2 on blade washers does not set the blade high enough. This happens when knocking down high growth, and need a high setting for first pass. I also have one lawn where the customer demands the high setting. In those cases, I move all blade washers to the top of spindle position, meaning the blade is snug against the underside of the spindle. With the blades in this position, I think the quality of cut is less, and the discharge force of the debris is less. Clippings do not spread as evenly as with 2/2.

    I hope this helps. If not, and need pics, I can shoot some and post.
  9. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I kinda get you, a pic or two be nice. I am very visual.

    Thanks to all!!!!
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    I plan to do some service work tomorrow evening, so can shoot some pics then.

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