icd deck still amazes me

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by williams lcm, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have run many different kinds of ztr's over the years. I decided to buy a ferris this year and still can't get over how nice the deck cuts. It leave a special manquired look that most mowers don't do. Yes most mowers leave a great cut but this deck is just so nice. I have been running the machine for 10 months and still love the cut look that most can't do. Has anyone noticed how nice the after look is when you stand back and look at the lawn after. A great deck for neat manqyired look.
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  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    I'm not surprised to hear that at all.

    If you remove the two baffles between the rear of your blades on your MOD deck, you will have an almost mirror image of the ICD deck (actually the ICD will be an almost mirror image of the MOD since the MOD was out first).
  3. JTLarson

    JTLarson LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Shenandoah, IA
    Messages: 259

    I really like the cut of the icd deck too! I have had customers comment how their yard looks like real nice carpet after I have mowed. One of the best decks I have found for my area.
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  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    During my demo's of a Snapper Pro and several Ferris's I thought the cut was good in dry conditions. I have heard mixed reviews in wet. I have not had the chance to cut wet grass with the ICD to confirm. What do you guys think?
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  5. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I did have a 2010 JD z950 with mulch kit and now I have a 2013 jd z950r with mulch on demand.The Deere cuts amazing but does not leave the carpet look. I think it is because the striping flap under icd deck .
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  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,112

    I'm telling you, take those two plates out and the two decks are almost identical. Those two baffle plates reduce by a large degree, just how much vauum effect there is simply because the high lift blades move more air than can escape fast enough between the two removable baffles and front baffle. the difference in mulching with or without those two plates and the high lifts installed is minimal. Both ways leave a windrow alongside the chute blocker plate if you take off more than 2" at a pass, so you might as well get the best cut you can, and that is without the plates installed. I've tried every imaginable combination of baffle and blade style that you can come up with over the last two full seasons now. OEM high lifts and the two removable baffles out is the best overall set up.
  7. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When I know I will be cutting tall wet grass or thick wet grass i always switch from gators to super high lifts and it does great in that set up. I have around 600 hours on mine with around 400 mowing and I am very pleased. Only issues are one loose motor mount and a loose electricAl connection I believe
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  8. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's the key - Gators for dry, Lifts for wet. I run Scags with the Velocity Plus because it is the most versatile deck I've found and from what I understand, the ICD is very similar. Professionals need to keep cutting regardless of imperfect conditions. Using the method listed above, you can cut in all conditions and have an excellent cut every time.
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,154

    OK bottom line then, what deck gives the best quality cut in spring dewy, 4-5", northern KBG, rye, and fescue turfgrass? That is the ultimate challenge.

    Deere 7 Iron?
    Velocity Plus?
  10. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    I noticed something similar with my 2013 Gravely Proturn 148.. It has the new X Factor deck and on St Augustine and Bahia grass it leaves it looking like carpet. I've had multiple people comment on how well my mower cuts. When you leave a cut like that it really sets your work apart from the rest.
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