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Hustler trimstar 36" quality of cut

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by cudaaa, May 26, 2010.

  1. cudaaa

    cudaaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    I am having cut quality problems! When I bought the machine it had stock blades that where wore out. The first blades I bought where gators worked great. But I bought the wavey mulchers & mulch plug & the stock blades. Now if I use ether of those I get a stripe about where the 2 blades meet. The part #'s are

    wavey blades
    794214- 20 5/16 long
    724206- 13 1/2 long

    Normal lift
    793794- 20 7/16 long
    793802- 13 5/8 long

    794222- 13 11/16 long
    oregon gator (Bought from Hustler Dealer)
    96-335- 20 7/16 long

    The gator blades give a great cut
    The wavey blades leave a bad stripe that needs to be cut twice.
    The stock blades are not as bad but still needs double cutting.
    The machine is a 06 trimstar 36" # 927400 with only 450hr on the clock.
    Doesn't look like any modes done at all.
    The deck is clean & adjusted Level with 1/8" higher to the back according to the manual.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    The measurements you have are not the same as what I have.
    Are the blades your measuring new?

    Fusion blades, stock on your mower from the factory.
    side discharge (right blade) 600901 BLADE, F20.50"
    side discharge (left blade) 600900 BLADE, F13.75"

    Gator (right blade) 794230 BLADE, 20.50"
    Gator (left blade) 794222 BLADE, 13.75"

    mulching (right blade) 794214 BLADE, 20.50"
    mulching (left blade) 794206 BLADE, 13.75"
  3. cudaaa

    cudaaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    The blades where new this year. The stock blades are only a week old.
    My mower is the 927400 not 929232 is there a differance.
    The measurements is what I measured on the blade itself total overall length.
  4. cudaaa

    cudaaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    After playing this weekend I discovered the main blade belt drive spring pressure a little loose. So after setting it at 5.5" according to spec the motor would die when I engaged the blades (slow or fast RPM) after playing around for 5 min or so engaging blades it started working! Any idea why? Do I have a problem with the blade drive clutch? Now that it is working it appears to be cutting better I will know after mowing this week!
  5. blackandgold

    blackandgold LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 365

    Unbolt the front blow out baffles near the front edge of the deck and remove them. This should help quite a bit.
  6. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    Engaging it at 3/4 throttle once the engine is warmed up should work fine.
    I would make sure the idlers and spindles are all turning freely, remove the deck belt and turn them by hand to make sure.
    Your deck belt tension would cause the cutting issue you had.

  7. cudaaa

    cudaaa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    (Blackandgold) I had thought about adding the blowout baffle mine does not have one installed. I take it they do not work well?

    (Mowerconsultant) I had everything off & the blades turn freely spinals are tight.
    It seems everytime after adjusting the spring pressure it wants to kill the motor when you engage the blades then after trying several times they engage & work fine. Is this normal?

    Thanks for the Help!
  8. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    Try engaging it at a higher rpm.
    Also, be ready to choke the engine a little if it starts to die.
    This is something that is normal for the most part.


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