Hustler fastrak sd 48"

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by jhembree, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. jhembree

    jhembree LawnSite Member
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    I recently bought a new fastrak sd with the 48" deck have 45 hours on it now. But I am highly disappointed in the quality of cut. I do have the mulch kit installed, tried oem blades and gator g6 but cant tell any difference. I literally have to mow each yard twice as it seems to leave stragglers behind and speed doesnt seem to matter one way or the other. Does anybody have any suggestions?
     
  2. hustlermidwest

    hustlermidwest LawnSite Senior Member
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    My first question is always how's your broadleaf? Clover type weeds. Most of the weeds out there are very tacky when cut and stick to the top of the deck and changes the air flow and messes everything up. Is it clean under the deck?
    If so there are other questions I Have.
    Brian O
     
  3. jhembree

    jhembree LawnSite Member
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    No weeds I spray everything I mow.
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here's your problem. Most dealers assemble these machines and hang the deck out the box. You need to check the deck for level and front to back pitch. Then you can start playing with baffles and blade depth. Its different for every area and machine so I can't give any hard and fast settings.
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  5. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The Hustler mulch kit should have dedicated, "wavy" blades with it. Which OEM blades are you using? Are they sharp?

    When you run a mulch kit, that compartmentalizes each blade. The amount of vacuum each blade can generate is greatly compromised, as there is no place for the air to exit, which means no airflow. You've, effectively, got a blade in a box. You need vacuum and airflow, to get the grass blades stood up straight to be cleanly cut. If you want optimal cutting performance, you'll have to remove the mulch kit. Mulch kits are a compromise, no matter the brand or configuration of mower.
     
  6. Patriot Services

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    Everybody runs mulch kits around he without problems. Like I said it requires tumimg, you can't just plug and play most of these kits. The basic desk is a compromise because no one setup cuts all turf at all heights in all conditions.
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  7. jhembree

    jhembree LawnSite Member
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    I am using wavy blades. Blades are sharp. I have also tried the gator blades they seem to use a lot more horsepower than the OEM blades.
     
  8. jhembree

    jhembree LawnSite Member
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    I have also ran it with out the mulch kit with the flat blades and have the same problem.
     
  9. hustlermidwest

    hustlermidwest LawnSite Senior Member
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    Something is a bit strange. To give you that standard Corporate line " I don't have many issue with that machine" The fastrak family has been a good solid product. Have you talked to your dealer at all with this? I kind of go with the Patriot on a double cutting of a un level deck. Nothing getting stuck inside the deck?

    Brian O
     
  10. jhembree

    jhembree LawnSite Member
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    I have spoke to the dealer just have to slow down long enough for him to look at it.
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