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Gravely XFactor deck baffle settings - just checkin'

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, May 5, 2014.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    As I prepare to kick off the mowing season, I lowered the front deck baffles on my Gravely PT 260 to just below the blade tips. It came factory set at all the way up, and one of the Gravely guys on here said to lower them to get the best all around cut.

    Did I do good, or should I have them in a different position?

    Thx
     
  2. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Play around with them and find what works best for you. I have mine all the way down.
     
  3. kxdub

    kxdub LawnSite Member
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    Mine are also all the way down. Gel likes his just below the blade tip. Apparently it works best to have them off or all the way up for wet grass
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I like mine just bellow the blade tips 99% of the time. When extremely wet or tall weedy grass I take them off. When extremely dry all the way down. Never keep them all the way up. It just makes a pocket to collect grass.
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  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    OK, first day cutting with the new 260! I will do some observations after I have used it for a week or two.
    For now...I lowered the baffles just below the blade tips to start out. Upon mowing fairly thick, albeit dry grass, I noticed that some of the discharge is being shot into the turf, causing a little windrowing like 10 inches from the discharge opening. I am thinking I do not have the baffles set right. Should I drop them down further? I can tell once I get the discharge to shoot more out rather than down into the grass, this machine will really spread clippings well!
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Start lowering the baffles about a 1/2" at a time until your dialed in. I think your almost there. Also if you have not already take off the discharge chute.
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  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Will do. I know the clippings should be flying more straight out rather than diving down into the grass. Once I get that dialed in, look out:)

    Also, did not know the Kohler EFI would spit and sputter so much when starting. It seems to have to 'find its groove' for 5-10 seconds before it runs smooth. Is this normal?
     
  9. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Fuel injection has to "learn" its fuel trim, idle, etc. Once the engine is fully broken in you should be good to go. I would give it 50-75 hours.

    Also make sure you do your first oil change around 8 hours.
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  10. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That is my one complaint is the clippings don't fly straight out. They kind of come down and out. The EFI will take a good week or more to learn and settle in. Mine would hunt and surge a little the first week or two then it slowly smoothed out. It will take a good 100 hours for the engine and hydros to break in. My 5400's were very whiny for quite a while then they got nice and quiet. I had 2 460's and both of them the hydros did the same.


    Just for $hits and giggles I have a set of notched foil high lifts coming. I wanted to try that style just to see how they would do on the gravely deck.
     

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