Walkbehinds- Fixed or floating decks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scottb, Sep 25, 2000.

  1. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Dont want to start a war here so everyone be nice.Which do you perfer and why. I will agree that on uneven ground floating decks are a better choice. But for a simple Chicken farmer like me the fixed deck is a lot less worry. Because if I have learned anything it is the more the complication the more to go wrong. ( What I mean is I like fixed Decks)
    Thanks for you input.

    [Edited by scottb on 09-25-2000 at 09:02 PM]
  2. dylan

    dylan Member
    Messages: 276

    There are lots of other posts on this. I think my 48" fixed is fine but adjusting the height on a floating is alot easier in my opinion.
  3. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Fixed deck is fine on a flat lawn. How many of them do you have? I have none. Floating deck and Hydro is the only way to go. Height adjustment alone makes it worth it(I'm talking Exmark here) although I guess Scag now has something similar.
  4. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Most of the lawns aound here are flat or at least on a gradual slope. So fixed decks work great. Before I bought I got to demo an Exmark 48" hydro floating deck it was awsome,but way out of my price range for now. But I can see the need down the road. But for now I like my Toro the T-Bar really suits my short fingers.
  5. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,354

    If you buy like a Toro Pro-Line with the floating deck you can purchase attachments like a 36"sweeper, dozer blade, and more plus floater deck scalp lawns alot LESS than fixed decks. Easy ajustments all around better but they will cost more to. Look at Toro and Exmark mowers they both have a buy plan of no payments - no interest and no down payment till april 2001, also we prefer the pantened T-Bar set up on the Toros less fatiuge on arms and a real real smooth steering patern. They are both nice machines but go with the floating deck!!!!
  6. mike48114

    mike48114 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    you said if you got a floating deck you would have more to break, which I supose is true but the threat of something breaking on the floating system of a name brand mower Exmark, Scag, exc. is very rare unless you cut alot of grass (like me). GO w\ the floating deck, it also helps w\ resale.
  7. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    The only real advantage a fixed deck has is that it's like a tank. The fixed deck I use hits stuff all the time, never had a problem. If I buy another WB, I'll probably get an Exmark. I'm the only user, so I don't worry about tearing it up. Might be different if I had people working for me.
  8. Grasscape Inc

    Grasscape Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    Fixed is fine. save the $$$

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