Pro's @ cons on floating decks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GSL 23, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. GSL 23

    GSL 23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    We would like to know the pro's @ cons on floating deck

    thank you GSL
  2. mowdini

    mowdini LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    Pro--Quick height adjustment
  3. pinnacle

    pinnacle LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Less scalping due to the fact the deck will flow with the lands conture.........Pro

    Harder to find the correct pitch due to the deck being attaced in 4 places on sliding bolts.......No biggi............Con

    Floating decks are far suppirior in my eyes, its hard to think of many cons.
  4. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    I cant think of many cons to a floating deck. I have a 36" exmark with a floating deck. The deck on the 36" is more for ease of height adjustment than to "float" as it only has one anti-scalp roller. I believe this is true for all 36" floaters.
  5. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    Cons - heavier weight of machine = larger tire ruts when ground is saturated.
  6. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    GEES...... compared to fixed, they are no cons......... All the cons are just minimal and nit picky............
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    No cons for floating. Quick height adjust and less scalping are the 2 biggests pros.
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    If you change height more than once in a day (I don't) then a floater is for you.

    I personally don't experience any scalping with my fixed, and like its simple, lightweight design.

    Plus with fixed decks, you can adjust the blade depth in the deck because the spindles use spacers and a long through bolt, where as a floater uses a small bolt with no spacers like my Lazer.
  9. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    Depends on the size deck, that's D E C K.
    36" or smaller, go fixed, any larger go floating.
    Big positive factor for floating decks as stated above is much easier height adjustment.
    Negatives for floaters, more parts, more weight. Smaller floaters can actually scalp easier than fixed, JMO.

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