mower leaving uncut strip

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    i know i asked this before, but there are new people now, see if anyone has any ideas. my 36 bobcat, always cut great. this one customer was always asking me to lower the cut, i said no, i aint takin the blades off and lowering them. so, i tried this, i just lowered the front end by pulling the wheels off and moving the spacers. now, this was my first stop of the day. on this morning, i also put doubles on this machine for the first time ever. i did the cut, and it left an uncut strip, on the side. i just double cut, most of my lawns are small anyhow. after a while, i just left the 36 in the garage, and always used the 48. when i decided to use the 36 again, i put new high lifts on, and tried to remember where the wheel spacers originally were, i couldn't remember. so i leveled the deck, and started over. no good, same strip. no time to mess with it, i brought it to the shop, they went over it, said all was fine. still leaving strip. i tried going to extremes putting the deck all the way up, all the way down, it got better, but still a little strip. any ideas?
     
  2. GreenTurf

    GreenTurf LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    you are cursed because you live in Jersey
     
  3. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have to ask......Are the blades the correct length?
     
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    i thought that also, so i went back and put the same blades on i was using before the trouble started. no good. two factors, deck pitch problem, or i screwed up the machine by putting on doubles. but, the mechanic, after looking at it twice, said it was perfectly sound mechanically. i tried every level on the deck pitch, it got better, but it still aint right.
     
  5. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
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    hmmmmm going to have to think on that one
     
  6. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
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    How big a strip and what side?
     
  7. McHouck

    McHouck LawnSite Member
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    Sounds like a good reason to go out and get a new toy...or er....um...equipment!!
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    ok, while my hands are on the pistols, it's my left side that is uncut. the strip is like an inch or less wide. i would almost swear it's from the front wheel pushing down the grass, but the machine cut perfect prior to me messing with it.
     
  9. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    the front of the deck should be 1/4" to 3/8" lower than the back for proper suction and lift.
     
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    tried it, no bueno
     

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