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Old 05-10-2013, 12:44 PM
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Rough cut- my mower or myself? (pictures)

Last season I bought a new Redhawk 32 WB. I have always noticed a not so good cut, especially as of recent. When the grass is just somewhat long, I get lots of clumping and an uneven cut. I sharpen my blades daily so that isn't the problem. Even double cutting does not usually make the lawn look presentable. I primarily side discharge. Would mulching help? Below are a few pictures of a home I did yesterday. The grass was cut 6 days prior and the lawn was dry.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:00 PM
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:01 PM
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:07 PM
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cannot see any pictures. Just some guesses; tire pressure is off, underside of deck needs to be scraped, blades might be sharp but are they balanced? Is the deck level? Not too sure other than that.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:19 PM
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cannot see any pictures. Just some guesses; tire pressure is off, underside of deck needs to be scraped, blades might be sharp but are they balanced? Is the deck level? Not too sure other than that.
I don't see how unbalanced blades will leave a bad cut? I don't balance my blades perfectly I get them close. When I've been in a rush to get my acreage cut I've put fresh sharpened blades but not balanced on and went to town with no difference in cut quality.

If I had a new mower that wasn't cutting good I'd take it back to my dealer if I've already checked the obvious: tire pressure, caster spacers the same, blade spacers the same, blades sharp, spindles good, deck clean and rpm correct.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:36 PM
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I don't see how unbalanced blades will leave a bad cut? I don't balance my blades perfectly I get them close. When I've been in a rush to get my acreage cut I've put fresh sharpened blades but not balanced on and went to town with no difference in cut quality.

If I had a new mower that wasn't cutting good I'd take it back to my dealer if I've already checked the obvious: tire pressure, caster spacers the same, blade spacers the same, blades sharp, spindles good, deck clean and rpm correct.
Who knows then, I was throwing out guesses. I would assume if a blad is totally unbalanced, not just a little like you said yours are sometimes, then I would suspect the blade wood "wobble" while spinning which I think would create a nasy uneven cut.

If the man sharpens his own blades and they are just a little off, then he can cross that guess off the list.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:43 PM
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Blades on upside down,belts loose and slipping or possibly rpm's are not around 3600-3700.Good place's to start.Good luck
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:01 PM
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Who knows then, I was throwing out guesses. I would assume if a blad is totally unbalanced, not just a little like you said yours are sometimes, then I would suspect the blade wood "wobble" while spinning which I think would create a nasy uneven cut.

If the man sharpens his own blades and they are just a little off, then he can cross that guess off the list.
Not gonna happen. If it's wobbling you got more problems than a unbalanced blade.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:02 PM
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Blades on upside down,belts loose and slipping or possibly rpm's are not around 3600-3700.Good place's to start.Good luck
Upside down was a thought I had as well.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:44 PM
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Yeah if your blades are upside down, I recommend you find a new line of work. .... even a Walmart push mower will cut grass. Since the OP hasn't replied back I assume he found he has been installing blades upside down.
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