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question about walk behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by j05h22, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. j05h22

    j05h22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I plan on buying a walk behind for next season. I'm looking around early to try and get an idea of what I want. I'm not sure rather to go with a 32" or a 36". I mow all residential so i'm afraid a 36 wont make it through gates but I'd like the extra width. What do you guys think? Also whats the difference in floating and a fixed deck and which is better?
  2. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    A 36" walk-behind fits through most residential gates. A select few are 32" but most of those can be covered with a 21".

    A fixed deck stays stationary, while a floating deck fits the contours of the lawn.

    The eXmark walk behinds are the best in my opinion.
  3. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    Get the 36", and at that width floating or fixed shouldn't matter. Floating the deck is suspended and the fixed deck is rigid mounted to the frame.
  4. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 695

    If you have time to shop around I would call all the dealers in your area and demo each brand. I always demo every piece of equipment before I buy it. You are making a big investment choice so you better be happy with what you purchase.

  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

  6. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    4inchs really wont make a diffrence get the 32 if ur gonna be using it alot get a hydro belt drive anything sucks
  7. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    The floating deck is good for our area mostly because you can change deck height easier. If you get the fixed deck, it is harder to change height...
    As for 32 vs 36...I get by with a 36 and use my 21 where the 36 wont go...but if you plan on working in alot of older neighborhoods, with the little narrow gates...you may want to consider the 32.

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