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Bluebird 22" dethathcher

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by GreatRiverLawnCareLLC, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. GreatRiverLawnCareLLC

    GreatRiverLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
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    Got a new Bluebird dethatcher with bagger. Flail blades. Problem is on very highest setting digs too deep into the grass. On the second highest setting it would make a great tiller. Dealer says nothing wrong with it. I have looked and can not find what problem is. Any ideas? they did add another set of flail blades since it came with a bagger. Hmmmmmm.
     
  2. Landgreen

    Landgreen LawnSite Member
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    So keep raising it up until it doesnt dig? If its like mine there should be several settings.
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  3. GreatRiverLawnCareLLC

    GreatRiverLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
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    It is as high as it will go. Higest setting rips grass down next to nothing and the next setting leaves no grass at all. Dealer says nothing wrong with it. BS to that.
     
  4. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
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    Take half of your flail blades off. Make spacers out of hose to fill in the space. Then if you ever wear the blades out you will have a replacement set for free.
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  5. GreatRiverLawnCareLLC

    GreatRiverLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
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    Dealer says need all blades due to the fact it is a bagger and need all blades to kick grass into bag. Your idea does make sense though.
     
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Had a customer complaining about something similar. We replaced the blades in their old machine and it was doing this. Might not be much you can do till the blades wear down a bit.
     
  7. GreatRiverLawnCareLLC

    GreatRiverLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
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    Another customer with the same problem tells a story I guess. Sounds to me like time to remove the bagger and the extra 24 blades and see how good it does then. Seems to be a design problem where too many blades defeats what you are trying to accomplish. Thanks for your input.
     
  8. Landgreen

    Landgreen LawnSite Member
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    See if you can switch to a spring tine rather than flail. Much less agressive. The machine wont propel itself as well though.
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  9. GreatRiverLawnCareLLC

    GreatRiverLawnCareLLC LawnSite Member
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    Can not use spring type with bagger. Bagger calls for flail blades. What a design huh?
     

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