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Stamped vs Fabricated decks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cbegap, May 11, 2010.

  1. cbegap

    cbegap LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I have heard a lot of anti stamped-deck talk and was wondering why everyone feels so much more in favor of fabricated decks. I have a stamped deck on a WB and it has better vacuum than my Ztr. Even having said that I still tend to prefer the idea of a fab deck over a stamped deck but I really don't know why. So is there some real issue with the stamped deck or is it just a perception? I have never had either of them have rust problems because I keep them painted and the wet crap off the tops. What are your opinions? Any bad experiences with stamped decks?
  2. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    I had a toro z rider with the sfs deck I bent it very easily. I now have a grasshopper and I've ran into things on accident that that would've crumpled the stamped deck, and there is not so much as a dent. I'm also an ex welder.....I know that fabbed decks are stronger.
  3. Lordtimothy

    Lordtimothy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    Stamped Decks normally cut better from my point of view. However stamped decks are normally much lighter duty. Now there is some very strong stamped decks out there. Husqvarna's Combi Decks are stamped and made out of 7gauge steel. I also think some of John Deere 7 Iron decks are stamped if I remember correctly.

    For the most part if you are a homeowner go with the stamped but if you are doing it for a living a Fab deck will stand up much better.

  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    All of John Deere's 7-iron decks are stamped. My bobcat and dixie chopper both had fabricated decks and my new deere obviously has the stamped deck like mentioned before. The dixie's deck was built quite heavy, lots of reinforcements. The bobcats deck wasn't quite as heavy duty as the dixie's but nonetheless, it still held up well. The deck on my Deere, is really heavy duty. I know many people say that the stamped decks are weak, but the deere deck is built quite tough and can handle alot.

    Most homeowner decks are stamped, so that probably doesn't help the view on those decks.
  5. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Always go with fabricated decks, stamped decks are crap and not worth it! but you wont likely see a stamped deck on any real commercial mower.
  6. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    So, You are saying that John Deere does not make a real commercial mower, because they have stamped decks ?
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    My JD 7iron deck can keep up with any deck on the market. I would put money on the JD deck being stronger than some of the fabricated decks on commercial mowers out there.

    Not saying its the "god" of decks, just that its a well built deck that is built very strong.
  8. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    The difference between a Toro Timecutters stamped deck and a JD 7-Iron stamped deck is HUGE. Definately could have issues with the Timecutter deck being mangled. The difference between the 7-Iron and a manufactured deck is really probably negligable in real world situations (a perception thing).

    You're two cents richer.
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    The 7 iron deck is the exception here guys. Forgot all about JD when I wrote that. I was thinking of those really flimsy and cheap stamped decks like youd find on a craftsman or big box store brand, you know, the decks that are around 2" deep and you could likely bend it with your bare hands! BTW, how many mowers have a 7 Gauge deck? none except JD that I know of, that is an extremely tough deck.
  10. brian mon

    brian mon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    I'll put this mower w/stamped deck up against any other "real commercial mower"

    JD best veiw.JPG

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