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Old 01-29-2014, 05:27 PM
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Washboards on fairways and fringes

Does anyone have a problem on fairways and fringes after mowing it has a washboard look. Not sure how to stop it. Its only with the reel mowers. Thanks
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:01 PM
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go slower?
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:20 PM
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The clip rate on the cutting units is not correct. Either a cutting unit with more blades needs to be used if it is a ground driven reel or else the RPM of the reel needs to be increased if it is a hydraulic drive reel
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:15 AM
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ON most achiness built before 2012 the clip rate is not adjustable. Washboarding (more appropriately called marcelling) can sometimes be a result of excessive ground speed, but is usually the result of a poorly adjusted cutting unit.

Properly grinding and adjusting the reel will solve this problem in the vast majority of cases.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:47 PM
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Thanks for the reply's I will let them know. Speed is what they figured the issue is. They were going to put a 3rd roller on the cutting unit to see if that helps. But I will let them know.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:27 PM
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Maybe one other thing to check is roller bearings. It sounds really obvious, but it's also easy to overlook. If the bearings on the rollers are worn, it cna cause the roller to roll untrue and give a washboard appearance.

When I've deal with these in the past, it usually takes a couple of tries and adjustments to get it all worked out.
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