Weights added to walkbehinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassdaddy, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    Has anyone bought or made weights for deck on walk behind??mine bounces bad in 4th gear,but I think with a little weight I could pick up some speed.Would there be any down side?What would be a good weight to add?? :confused:
  2. John at JDH Select

    John at JDH Select LawnSite Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 66

    By manufacturer suggestion, I had to add weights to a 36" Snapper wb with a 14 hp. Kaw. The silly thing bounced all over the place in 1st - 4th gear. It did help the problem, however, it did not cure it completely. The package I purchased placed one weight on the front of the deck and one weight on the top of the deck. I'm not sure of the #, but I think it was in the area of 35 lb.

    Good luck,

  3. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I have weights from Exmark on the front of my TTHP and they do help keep the front end down esp. when using my sulky. They are 9.5 lbs. a piece and mount on the forks.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Do the weights make it harder to lift the front end of the mower? I find my Scag likes to wheelie going over knolls with the sulky but adding weight would make it harder to lift and it's already hard enough for me.. not that I'm a weakling! :blob4: :p

    Yes eXmark's kit has two weights each 9.5lbs each one clamps to the front caster arm like TJLC said. They are on the website www.exmark.com
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    We use 40lb dumnbells. Helps a lot especially going uphill and turning on slopes. Downsize is it makes it harder to jump curbs though.
  6. scottt

    scottt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I had a 36" gear drive toro that bounced really badly. I added a cinder block to the front and that solved the problem. I have since replaced the toro with a Stander and there is no comparision.
  7. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    If you're bouncing in 4th gear you need to lower your tire pressure, both front and rear. Tires are made to absorb the bumps. You shouldn't be having the problem in 4th.
  8. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    BHB, yes it does make it a little harder to lift the front end but without the weights it wants to wheelie too much mainly when using the sulky.

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