How to set the deck and blades properly for stripes.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Rll131, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    I'm cutting at 2 1/2 front of my blade and 2 3/4 back of the blade. The deck is 2 inches off the ground I want to leave better stripes and cut around 3 inches. Would I raise the blades inside the deck or just raise the whole deck. Is it better for stripes for the blades to be higher up inside the deck or the opposite. Also what's the ideal height to cut in md. It's is my first year I have around 15 houses a week. Also the mower is a 36 inch snapper pro with mulching blades.
     
  2. jasonhc73

    jasonhc73 LawnSite Member
    Male, from WICHITA KS
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    I can leave stripes at every deck height setting I have... There are numerous ways to leave stripes behind also. You have to have something "brushing" the grass to lay it over.

    Before the deck or after. After gives better results for me. One way to to pull a roller behind, it's kind of cumbersome but it'll lean the grass over. Another way to that I have done one on a 36" lawn tractor was to attach an actual broom between the rear wheels, this worked really good, until my brackets fell off. One way that works "kinda sorta" is to put a piece of lawn/garden black plastic garden edging on the rear of your deck. Have it about 2" lower than the bottom edge, that dragging behind works ok. Another neat way, pretty laborsome to get installed though, is to do it how Dixie Chopper does it, with chains dragging behind the deck. This method is used in pretty much every brush hog type of mower on the rear. The best stripes I have ever seen are caused by rollers on the rear or trailing edge of the deck.

    Look at some videos that hustler has done about the deck height/blade height difference. It's more or less about air flow, not really striping.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1USlfDA7J40
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztHyjMhY39w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyFlAwsLXSA
    https://www.google.com/search?q=dix...WHuXK0gG4pIC4Cw&ved=0CDYQsAQ&biw=1346&bih=828
     
  3. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    I just went and remeasured. The blades are at 2 1/2 front and back so perfectly leavel. The deck is at 2 1/4 front and 2 back. I really don't want to drag anything behind me for the fact some yards are bumpy and going in reverse could be dangerous. Basically for stripes should I raise lower my deck or just the blades for better striping. And should my rake be level I've heard the front of the blades should angle slightly.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have found its best to have the pitch set at 1/4"(down in the front)measured at the blades. Also the higher you cut the better the stripes, so raise the deck(cutting height).
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  5. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    I can raise the blades in the deck or the whole deck. This was the plane raise the blades 2 spacers 1/2 inch then lower the front wheels a spacer 1/4 inch. Should that be about right.
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That should do the trick!! Just double check the pitch at the blade tips when your done.
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  7. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the help one last ? the higher the blades inside the deck will it create more suction for the rear of the deck to matte down?
     
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Honestly I dont know how raising the blades inside the deck affects lift. General rule of thumb is 1/4" pitch and a higher mowing height gives the best cut quality.
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  9. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks again. Appreciate it.
     
  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I meant best stripes not cut quality. Sorry.
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