Fabricated vs Stamped Mower Decks

Posted July 17, 2017 by 8 Comments

Fabricated vs Stamped, whats the difference?

People will see when they’re buying a lawn mower that majority of the time it will say whether its fabricated or stamped. Some people don’t even pay attention to this difference, some wonder what does fabricated and stamped mean? Below will explain the difference between the two mower decks.

Is your mower fabricated?

The fabricated mower deck is typically built from heavier steel plate and is welded together. This does not mean its necessarily better but it does look stronger.

Fabricated decks are more often used in commercial applications and will have superior rigidity(keeps its shape). Meant to face longer wear and tear by being used more often.

Should you get a stamped deck instead?

The stamped deck is just stamped out of a single piece of steel, usually a thinner metal compared to the fabricated deck. Typically lighter in weight.

They frequently have better air flow, and are more flexible in their capabilities. If your the average person who mows their lawn once a week, this mower deck is perfect for your needs.

When comparing the mower decks they both have advantages and disadvantages. It all comes down to what you prefer, how much you’ll be using your mower, and what your more comfortable buying when looking at lawn mowers.


  1. James Moore
    on November 20, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    stamped deck is probably less susceptible to rust as long as the manufacturer
    has good paint quality and good practices. fabricated mower deck has more crevices from the welding process and harder to cover small spots which will lead to unsuspected and unseen rust.

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  2. Michael Zayatz
    on November 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Reinforcing good old information!!

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  3. Steve Morse
    on November 27, 2017 at 9:58 am

    If you clean grass and debri off the top of mower deck once in a while and at the end of the season,stamped decks work great.If you leave grass and debri on them permanently they will collect moisture and rust thru.

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  4. Dennis Terry
    on November 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    It Doesn’t matter to me one is as good as the next.

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  5. Moses Ford
    on April 24, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve used both stamped and fabricated. In my experience, the fabricated deck seems to collect and retain more grass than the stamped deck. When my piece-of-junk Hustler finally dies (for good), I’ll replace it with something that has a stamped deck.

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  6. Paul Wilson
    on June 6, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I’ve been told by a Hustler mower dealer that the fabricated deck on the Dash does not need a washout port because grass and debris doesn’t stick to it like it does on a stamped deck. Can that claim be verified? Could a washout port be added without disturbing the suction and air flow?

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  7. Mike Mileski
    on June 12, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I have had 7 yeas,No issues.

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  8. CHenry
    on November 22, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Most manufacturers of commercial-grade steel decks fabricate the decks because shaping heavier gauge steel sheet is more economical in small-scale production than stamping the equivalent thickness steel, due to the high costs of the stamping presses. 7-gauge steel is typically cut, shaped and welded together to make the three-dimensional structure of the deck. Some manufacturers do have the presses capable of pressing 7-gauge material into a deck (John Deere is one with their 7-Iron models). Even then, Deere also does fabricate some of their commercial designs. Fabricating requires many more steps in manufacturing.

    Consumer grade decks, usually made of lighter and thinner gauge steel, can be stamped economically on smaller presses. The claims of build superiority by makers of fabricated decks over stamped decks are to the lighter-gauge steel stamped decks, not to same-gauge stamped decks which in many ways are superior.

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