Need some quick help please!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ALarsh, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
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    Ok... I took the toro out this morning and it wasn't cutting well with the Gator Notched High Lifts I have on it. So I pulled those off and put on a new set of OEM's (notched high lift) and they cut better, but not as good as it should be. I took them off and took them down stairs to sharpen them. I come back up, put them on and there is no difference in cut. It just isn't giving it a good clean cut and it is missing unacceptably large amounts of grass. It is pushing the grass down and not sucking it up to cut it (i think!). Yes, the blades are on the right way. The only thing I didn't do was balance the blades (dont have a balancer, I haven't had these problems with the original set of blades) What should I check/do? Thanks

    I tried to take some pics...

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  2. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
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    Another.........

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  3. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
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    Its kinda hard to see in this pic.

    btw- the deck is scraped clean.

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  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
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    Your blade speed or deck pitch.
    John
     
  5. TOMMY1115

    TOMMY1115 LawnSite Member
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    A few things to check. Not too familiar with the Toro so some of this might not be applicable.
    Air cleaner, make sure it's clean.
    Spark plugs, maek sure both (if there are 2) are sparking
    Check the RPM's to make sure they are where they should be.
    Double check to see if your spacers for the blades are all the same
    Tire pressure equal on the back tires
    Tire pressure equal on the front tires
    1/4" drop from back of blade to front.
    Belts tight
     
  6. SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
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    Did You Check For Play In The Spindles. Also How Old Is The Blade Belt? It Could Be Stretched Or Worn Out And Slipping. Are The Anti Scalp Rollers In The Front Too Low And Pushing The Grass Down ?
     
  7. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    John, I went and measured the deck rake. It is at 1/4 if you measure from the front blade tip to the rear blade tip.

    Showcase--- I didn't think of that. I did lower the antiscalp rollers to prevent scalping (duh). I will move them back and try it out.

    Thanks for the help
     
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
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    When the ultracuts leave a strip between the trim blade and the middle blade its usually the blade speed has dropped.

    John
     
  9. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    Air cleaners clean
    spark plugs good
    RPM sounds correct
    Washers on blades are all the same
    Tire pressure has been checked
    Checked the deck rake and it is at 1/4" and the belts are tight.

    Thanks
     
  10. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Forget about sounds,did you check the rpm's with a tach?How many hours are the blades?
     

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