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floating vs fixed decks

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Keegan, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 613

    I'm looking to start my own business and doing research on mowers. What is the difference between and fixed and floating deck? What size is best for fitting in between a gate?
  2. soccer911

    soccer911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    32" fits in most gates. Floating gives a cleaner cut if hilly, but on flat ground not much difference. The fixed is less $$. Im in the same spot, wich one to buy ? Test drive and go with the one you like.
  3. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 698

    If you're in an area with a lot of hills or do a lot of high end residential get a hydro with a floating deck, a fixed deck on these yards you really have to pay attention on the direction that you go over terrain for scalping purposes. If you're on a budget get the fixed, it's what i have right now, but going to upgrade. With a hydro you can usually go faster and its less worry about making a mistake in a yard. Really base your decision on budget.
  4. KL Squared

    KL Squared LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    Go floating deck only. You can never tell what yard you may add each year. The floating deck moves up and down with the undulations of the yard. A floating deck usually gives a better all around cut. It is worth the extra money.
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Yes I vote for the floating deck even if you have to borrow the money or save longer to get it
  6. 25nbl

    25nbl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Floating Deck for sure!!! I have a 32 with a fixed deck and I only use it one fields or big acreage...I HATE fixed decks and wouldnt take one for free, well maybe for free, but they really aren't that good.
  7. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Hydro with floating deck all the way here. I owned a w/b belt with fixed deck before. And, after using the w/b hydro with float I would not go back to belts and fixed. With hydro you can maneuver forward to reverse by just squeezing the leavers further back. Very nice feature when mowing around trees, decks, swing sets, etc. The extra money is worth every penny if you can afford it. Time is money. Good luck.

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