How can I check my deck to make sure it is adjusted properly? I hate when I am cutting a well kept yard and I keep having to recut areas due to these strips of uncut grass being left. I have boosted my hp from 19 to 25, I change out blades every 10 hours or so, and keep my deck clean, I use a mulch plate on most yards, but even with the plate removed, same result. What am I doing wrong, if anything? My buddy uses a 50" cub cadet residential he bought from home depot and gets a better looking cut. He paid $3000 for his, I have over $7500 invested in mine. I have flex forks installed also. But with or without the flex forks, the strips are left. I am cutting dry grass too usually.