Lesco Issues

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JCee, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. JCee

    JCee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 113

    Hey guys...thanks for all your replies to my posts...

    If you remember I had some questions regarding my 36inch Lesco Fixed Deck WB that I just got. (http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=119070). The mower will not cut as low as stated.
    Well like I said the absolute lowest that I can get the front of the mower is 3inches. That is absolute!!! The manuel states that the absolute lowest the machine will cut is 2inches. (Aware of all three adjustments). And my deck is nearly flat, with only a slight increase in height in the back.
    Called lesco at the corporate office and they offered me this....The back tires that were put on the new 36 inch are an inch bigger then that of last year. So the man told me to take the mower into my service shop to have the tires changed. Instantly I was happy...problem fixed...but wait....
    If I take an inch off the back wheels the back of the mower will be lower then the front. Now the back of the mower would be doing the cutting which is wrong and against Lesco standards. I addressed this to the man and he said to lower the blade 1/4 inch. Again this still doesnt lower the front to cut how lesco wants you to.
    After some further talk with the rep he states that the manual which says that the mower can mow from 2"-4" is actually a misprint and it only will go down to 2.5" max. (Nice of lesco to let you know this when you buy the mower). The rep stated that the manual was printed by an outside company so lesco has no control.
    So we left it at that I will take the mower back into the dealer and see what he says....which is to call the corporate office which they told me in the beginning. Meanwhile I am stuck because I cant cut my lawns with my brand new mower. Sorry for the long post but I'm curious as to what you guys think.
    Corporate lesco also said it may be a welding problem or something put together wrong. I can't wait to see how long this will take. Arghhh....
     
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    have you removed all of the wheel spacers from beneath the frame on the caster?

    and have you pulled all your blade spacers from below the blade and put them above the blade?

    there are bolt holes for lowering the deck to the frame. have you done this?

    if yes to all this and it still doesn't satisfy you, I dunno what to do.

    personally, I think you are nuts for wanting a 2 inch cut but I am not walking in your moccasins so my opinion don't mean squat.

    but good luck and keep us informed.

    GEO
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    That's what I was going to ask about...where you are at, why would you ever be cutting grass so low?
     
  4. Maitland Man

    Maitland Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 175

    the caster spacers would even the front out to the back to make it level....I'm sure.

    Dennis
     
  5. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,280

    At 2 " the mower will rip up sprinkler head/stem, sewer cap, scalp like hell, shave turf roots beyond repair. Don't forget mower will bog down at least another 1/4 to 1/2 " once sitting on grass. You do 2" with different type of mower, not WB or rider. Your insurance rate and claims will be untolerable and you out of business.
     
  6. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,036

    the answer to "why is he cutting so low" might be this: the height adjustment on fixed decks is not the same as on larger mowers, in fact, 2" on my quick 36, is 3" on the exmark. 2.5" on the quick, is 3.5" on the exmark, etc.
     
  7. bondman35a

    bondman35a LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    Yeah Why are you cutting so low in New York? I would check where your deck is bolted to the frame, and then go from there. I can get my 52 fixed deck down to 2.5 and that is just messing with the front caster spacers.
     
  8. JCee

    JCee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 113

    I wrote this post once and it froze when I finished but let me try again

    Its not that I necessarily want to cut at 2 inches. Its more that if the manual says it should, I think It should. I dont want to have my brand new machine running at absolute minimum just to get an acceptable cut.
    Like I said at a 1:1 ratio, my blades are always 1/2-5/8 higher then the Lesco manual says.
    Here is a picture below of my lawn freshly cut. This is at 1 spacer below, 3 above at the front wheels, 4 spacers below 1 above at the blade, and the deck on the lower holes. I do not think that this is acceptable but you opinions are appreciate.
    Again my lawn is fairly nice, and I have to cut it higher than other not so well kept lawns to give the same look. IOW Crappier lawns always have to be cut shorter around me or they look very unkept after being cut.. So this is the best possible scenario for a good looking cut.
    Also after this picture I lowered the deck on the holes (higher holes) and while it did lower the cut some, it did not clear the problem.
    Let me know what you think thanks

    newnew.jpg
     
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    You have your deck set too low and the blade set too high in the deck.

    Bring the blade down in the deck... as far as possible or close to it... adjust to sweet spot for cut quality.

    Then you will have to raise the deck some.
     
  10. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    I don't understand your concern. I see your point about the 2"-4" thing. I have run Lesco Equip for 10 years now. We never touch the front casters (1 spacer below to act as a bushing), the blade spacers we adjust as time of year dictates but in NY you shouldn't need to cut lower than with all the spacers below the deck. Good Luck.
     

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