Floating vs. Fixed deck

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Pembroke, May 14, 2006.

  1. Pembroke

    Pembroke LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 7

    Let's try this forum:
    Can someone explain the difference pro and con of floating and fixed decks.

    Does a walk behind offer both?

  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Fixed Vs. Floating, do a search on it on the site, youll find a lot, but to get you started:

    Fixed deck- Lighter, cheaper, more scalp risk, takes longer to change cut height

    Floating- Heavier, more expenisive, less of a chance of scalping, change height by pulling four pins on most decks.

    Do a search, youll find A LOT more
  3. Larry Davis

    Larry Davis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I hope this makes it very easy to understand ...........

    Most homeowners have been using "fixed deck" mowers for generations. All those 21" Lawn Boys, Yardmans, Murrays, Troy Bilts you see at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc., are "fixed deck" mowers. Scalping is not much of a problem with 21" mowers. Now, when you start moving up in deck sizes to 36", 42", 48", 52", the larger the deck the more "scalping" becomes an issue, especially for the "mow it once a week homeowner". Usually only a pro (which I am not) can get really good at handling the larger fixed deck mowers.

    "Floating Decks" do just that. They are "suspended" on chains or posts from the frame of the mower (both walkbehinds and ZTRs) and have "anti-scalp" wheels attached to their decks. It is the chains or posts that are supporting the deck, not the wheels. These wheels are adjusted to ride approximately 3/4" to an inch or so above the grass. So, if you approach a small mound or hill as you are mowing these wheels will, if adjusted correctly, raise the deck to prevent scalping the grass as you go over the top of the mound.

    Bottom line ............. If your yard is perfectly flat (no mounds, undulations in the turf, etc.), save your money and just get a fixed deck mower. You don't need a floating deck.

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