Floating Decks and scaliping?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by docj78, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. docj78

    docj78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Do floating decks really help that much in prevention of scalping on uneven and/or "lumpy" lawns--especially bermuda.

    I have been using my quick dually 44" (fixed deck) for 2 seasons on my yard. Although have had the lot topdressed for leveling purposes 2 seasons now, I still get some minor scalping with my mower set to 1".

    Sooo, do floating decks really make that much difference with mild scalping? I wonder what I'm missing and/or how much my cut quality and finsished appearance would be if the quick had a floating deck..:confused:
  2. underPSI

    underPSI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    Have you tried spreading sand to fix the scalping issues?
  3. docj78

    docj78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I have had the entire lot topdressed with sand/compost mixture twice--although I would say that both applications combined would be the equivalent to ONE GOOD/Dense application.

    I haven't tried "spot" filling with sand--although that may be my best/next option. I know that reel mowers are king for bermuda cut 1" or less, but still wonder if a floating deck would have made a legitimate improvement.
  4. pbass78

    pbass78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I'd say it helps but if you are trying to go below 2", it'll still scalp. I've used 3 different types of floating decks on my bermuda and had scalping issues with all, (48" & 40"). I'm trying to go to a smaller deck now (36") to see if that helps. I've been slowly filling in the areas with issues but need a full top dress at some point. I wind up busting out the 21" for those really wavy areas, it's a few extra minutes but it makes it look better.
  5. shaun5

    shaun5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I have my 52" turbo force deck on my toro ztr set on 2" (I think the actual mow height is 1/2" lower). Once I moved my anti scalp wheels to a hole lower than the manual says for the 2" setting, I stopped scalping. The deck rides on the wheels quite a bit, so it is wearing the wheels (hopefully nothing else). Even with the wheels down, I have to take it slow on the turn arounds or I will scalp. If you look at the toro articulated rotary deck golf mowers (3500d), you will notice the anti scalp wheels are actually steel...
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  6. docj78

    docj78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Well, I feel better that I'm not missing the boat by not having a floating deck. I guess i'll need to mow a little slower, and continue topdressing several more times to level as much as possible.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You're cutting your own grass at 1" and asking about scalping in a commercial lawn mowing forum,
    come on man, stop jerking us around.
  8. docj78

    docj78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Sorry man--didn't mean to offend, but I thought there would be more feedback here considering the original question ( and thread title) for that matter was pretty universal and broad spectrum.

    whether I mow mow own grass and/or others at 1" or 4", the floating vs. fixed deck is the topic here.
  9. underPSI

    underPSI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    That statement would be true if you left out the fact that you are mowing Bermuda at 1". Any rotary mower of decent size is going to scalp in places at 1". Personally, I'd be using a reel mower if I wanted my Bermuda at 1".

    If you want to just discuss scalping differences between a floating and fixed deck the answer is obvious. Floating decks are less prone to scalp or nobody would buy them.
  10. docj78

    docj78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Just trying to here from peolpe's experiences as to whether the floating deck makes a significant diff. in scalping. Obviously other variables come into play such as turf smoothness--and cut height.

    based upon your reply, would you ascert that that lower one cuts, the more influence the deck type has on cut quality?

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