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Any Tips?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Big Dog Diablo, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Big Dog Diablo

    Big Dog Diablo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 287

    Does anyone on LS have any tricks or tips to do to a mower deck to create more lift(vacuum) besides running high lift blades. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Posts: 1,021

    Not that I am aware of, most of that will come with the blades as well as the deck build.

    Kind of like a car, you design it to go 200 mph or climb rocks - Not both.

    Get the highest lift blades you can and make sure your deck is clean!
  3. Big Dog Diablo

    Big Dog Diablo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 287

    I just hate running the high lifts. More gas, dust etc... Was hoping somone on LS had a few tricks up their sleeve. lol
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    Lowering the deck would help if your cutting on the high side.
  5. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    There is no magic. With lift and vacuum, there will be dust (if its dry).

    You do have a discharge port open yeah? (A closed mulching deck will have less lift).
  6. Big Dog Diablo

    Big Dog Diablo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 287

    Yeah its open. I cut all my accounts in 3.5"-4", I have noticed on my yard (3") that it seems to have more lift. My blades set about an 1/8" above the bottom of the front of the deck. If my blades were up higher in the deck would that create more lift?
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Take all spacers out get the blade farther up in the deck
    That's how I get it on my DC I use a rolled lift blade its a blade falls in between med lift and high lift
  8. Big Dog Diablo

    Big Dog Diablo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 287

    Well I have always thought that the higher the blade was in the deck the more lift but was listening to some folks talk down at the dealer and they were saying the opposite. The Diablo doesnt have any spacers between the blades and spindles so that is not an option for me. My standard blades have a 1' sail and the highlifts have a 1.5' sail. I am going to call around and see if anyone has a set in stock with a 1 1/4' sail and see what happens. Thanks for the info,
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,125

    Just go with the high lifts. It won't be that much more dust really, but there will def be more lift. Most decks start losing suction after you get to 3.25"- 3.5". Sure, they still cut, but not as cleanly as when they are set at 3" or less. Mine is no different- even with high lifts. I cut at 3.5" because over that the quality of the cut really falls away.
  10. Big Dog Diablo

    Big Dog Diablo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 287

    Ridin its really not the dust that bothers me as much as the extra fuel consumption. Over the course of a mowing season that's alot of extra dollars. I been studying on my current deck and may try a few mods on it this winter. While I'm no fabricator I have a friend that can build just about anything. I wish there was a clear cut , hands down best deck out there but it's like everything else, depends on who you ask,

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