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Old 08-27-2014, 10:49 AM
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Hustler fastrak sd 48"

I recently bought a new fastrak sd with the 48" deck have 45 hours on it now. But I am highly disappointed in the quality of cut. I do have the mulch kit installed, tried oem blades and gator g6 but cant tell any difference. I literally have to mow each yard twice as it seems to leave stragglers behind and speed doesnt seem to matter one way or the other. Does anybody have any suggestions?
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:32 PM
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My first question is always how's your broadleaf? Clover type weeds. Most of the weeds out there are very tacky when cut and stick to the top of the deck and changes the air flow and messes everything up. Is it clean under the deck?
If so there are other questions I Have.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:24 PM
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My first question is always how's your broadleaf? Clover type weeds. Most of the weeds out there are very tacky when cut and stick to the top of the deck and changes the air flow and messes everything up. Is it clean under the deck?
If so there are other questions I Have.
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No weeds I spray everything I mow.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:43 PM
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Here's your problem. Most dealers assemble these machines and hang the deck out the box. You need to check the deck for level and front to back pitch. Then you can start playing with baffles and blade depth. Its different for every area and machine so I can't give any hard and fast settings.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:06 PM
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The Hustler mulch kit should have dedicated, "wavy" blades with it. Which OEM blades are you using? Are they sharp?

When you run a mulch kit, that compartmentalizes each blade. The amount of vacuum each blade can generate is greatly compromised, as there is no place for the air to exit, which means no airflow. You've, effectively, got a blade in a box. You need vacuum and airflow, to get the grass blades stood up straight to be cleanly cut. If you want optimal cutting performance, you'll have to remove the mulch kit. Mulch kits are a compromise, no matter the brand or configuration of mower.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:17 PM
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Everybody runs mulch kits around he without problems. Like I said it requires tumimg, you can't just plug and play most of these kits. The basic desk is a compromise because no one setup cuts all turf at all heights in all conditions.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:26 AM
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The Hustler mulch kit should have dedicated, "wavy" blades with it. Which OEM blades are you using? Are they sharp?

When you run a mulch kit, that compartmentalizes each blade. The amount of vacuum each blade can generate is greatly compromised, as there is no place for the air to exit, which means no airflow. You've, effectively, got a blade in a box. You need vacuum and airflow, to get the grass blades stood up straight to be cleanly cut. If you want optimal cutting performance, you'll have to remove the mulch kit. Mulch kits are a compromise, no matter the brand or configuration of mower.
I am using wavy blades. Blades are sharp. I have also tried the gator blades they seem to use a lot more horsepower than the OEM blades.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:27 AM
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I have also ran it with out the mulch kit with the flat blades and have the same problem.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:04 PM
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Something is a bit strange. To give you that standard Corporate line " I don't have many issue with that machine" The fastrak family has been a good solid product. Have you talked to your dealer at all with this? I kind of go with the Patriot on a double cutting of a un level deck. Nothing getting stuck inside the deck?

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I have spoke to the dealer just have to slow down long enough for him to look at it.
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