Is there something wrong with the deck on my mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Watkinslawnservice, May 11, 2006.

  1. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have an old style Great Dane Surfer(fixed deck)52" and I just purchased a new set of blades again. The book says the blades are 18" long. The blades the dealer sold me last year and this year are 18" long. But the blades that came with the mower when I bought it used were about 17 5/8" long. I have to grind the new ones down to that length or they will hit in one spot on the deck and I think 2 of them hit together also. What do you think the problem could be?
     
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    an error in the specifications.
     
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    They are selling you the blades for the newer floating deck surfer.
     
  4. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    But my book that comes with the mower states that the blades are 18". I am stumped.:hammerhead:
     
  5. ACEMowing

    ACEMowing LawnSite Member
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    Remember that they measure blades from tip to tip (diagonally) and not just width from side to side. Could that be the length difference?
     
  6. mpflood

    mpflood LawnSite Member
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    sometimes the front or sides of the deck get bashed in a lil.
    Ive had to bend mine back with vise grips(That have a wide mouth on them like a sheetmetal tool):weightlifter:
     
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, I am going to second this input too...

    If the blades can hit together it's one of two things.

    1) Blades too long
    2) Faulty spindle placement

    So... the blade that hits a part of the deck...
    What part is it hitting and where?
    Does this blade also happen to be the same one that hits another blade?


    What about the other pair? Do they hit together also?
    If so... blades too long
    If not... faulty spindle placement
     
  8. JKOOPERS

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sounds like a spindle to me . the co i used to work for had 5 of them great dane chariots and they were crap.
     
  9. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    But what is actually wrong with the spindle? Is it bent or something?
     
  10. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hustler used to call their 17-55/64 blades 18". Maybe the manufacturer is rounding the blade length up and the dealer is selling you an aftermarket blade that is an actual 18" not knowing any better.
     

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