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What's the deal with a Fixed Deck?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassrootsinab, May 18, 2005.

  1. grassrootsinab

    grassrootsinab LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 215

    I am currently running a 38" Deere WB with a floating deck. I tried a fixed deck WB the other day and found that when cutting slightly uneven ground, the mower dug into the side hills and also scalped in a lot more places (even when it was set at the correct height for the "flats"). I can't see any advantage of a fixed deck over the floating...am I missing something?
  2. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Nope, floating is the advantage to fixed decks.

    Thats why fixed is cheaper. I have a fixed deck and you just have to watch what your doing.
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    36" and under I have never found that I have needed a floating deck.
  4. oldturf

    oldturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Everything that I have floats, but then I am old and do not see well.
  5. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I run nothing but fix decks. Cheaper yes. But its lighter and has a lot less parts.

    Floating decks has more stuff that could go wrong because of more parts. Its just one more thing to go wrong.
  6. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    Hydro has more to go wrong than belt....
    Hope you don't use belts.....
    Stick edger has a lot more to go wrong than a shovel...
    IMO, fixed will scalp A LOT more than float.....
  7. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I have an Exmark Lazer HP, 48 inch. Seems to me that they could have put anti scalp wheels behind the deck and helped some. When you drop the rear wheel in a hole that you don't happen to notice it will scalp pretty bad. I actually never noticed before I bought it that it didn't have wheels behind the deck. Otherwise though I am very pleased with the mower and am getting more used to it. 350 hours and still operates like new.
  8. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    I wondered this too because I can't understand why people all seem to like the Wright stander so much with a fixed deck over the Dane/Deere with the floating deck. I have an older Dane with a fixed deck and I would think that a floating deck would improve the cut quality?
  9. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Because the stander has such a short wheel base that it doesn't need to float. The rear tires can be 1" or 2" behind the deck (depends on which holes you have the wheel motor mounts in) A ZTR has at least 4" most 6" between the back of the deck to the tires. So you need all of those little wheels to fix the problem.
  10. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    so is the floating deck on a stander actually a hinderance or just not neccessary?

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