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Old 04-07-2014, 12:41 AM
JF660R JF660R is offline
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Sport deck clogs with grass

I have a sport that I've used for a couple summers now. I really like the machine when it's dry, but if there is any moisture in the grass the deck packs up with grass to the point of bogging the motor and ruining the cut quality.

I don't mean it rained earlier that day, I mean like it rained earlier that week. Or, there was dew this morning. Or the grass is just really lush and "juicy". I've had to stop several times during a single mow and scrape the underside clean to continue, and basically remow due to cut quality.

It's not a Hustler issue, as I've seen the commercial guys running the bigger machines in the rain with no noticeable issues.

I've heard different blades might help. I've been told "gator blades" are good. Looking for advice as it was pretty frustrating last year.


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Old 04-07-2014, 09:09 AM
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JF660,
The first thing I look for when I hear of clogging is the grass. Broad-leaf is a nightmare on decks. Clover and dandelions are gummy when you cut them and stick to the top of the deck like a spitball. If getting rid of the broad-leaf is not an option I look at a low lift blade. With the tip of the blade moving well over 200mph you might want to slow down the wind so the spitball doesn't hit the top of the deck so hard.

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Old 04-09-2014, 10:10 AM
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Here is the factory blade and deck set up.


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Old 04-10-2014, 07:26 PM
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If you go to our website hustlerturf.com on the bottom of the page you'll see a tab for support. click on the link to manuals and you'll see the parts manual for your machine. there are choices there that have a L or MUL or H or GAT. Anything but H will be a lower sail blade. Gators are a love or hate. I never recommend them only recommend to try them. 60% love em, 30% don't and 10% have no option. The mulch blade I feel is too low of wind and is designed to be used with the mulch kit. that is not saying it won't work under your conditions.
I don't get photo's on this site when traveling so I don't know what size you have, but the website will direct you to the right parts breakdown.

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Old 04-14-2014, 10:42 AM
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There really isn't a chart telling you what blade you need. What blades under what conditions is a moving target. Different decks, different grasses, different climate and different conditions are just a few tangents on choosing what blades to use. Your best bet is talk to your dealer with the issues you have and he'll know best how to react to your region.

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