Rough cut- my mower or myself? (pictures)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by reliablelawn, May 10, 2013.

  1. reliablelawn

    reliablelawn LawnSite Member
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    Last season I bought a new Redhawk 32 WB. I have always noticed a not so good cut, especially as of recent. When the grass is just somewhat long, I get lots of clumping and an uneven cut. I sharpen my blades daily so that isn't the problem. Even double cutting does not usually make the lawn look presentable. I primarily side discharge. Would mulching help? Below are a few pictures of a home I did yesterday. The grass was cut 6 days prior and the lawn was dry.
     
  2. reliablelawn

    reliablelawn LawnSite Member
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    cannot upload photos
     
  3. reliablelawn

    reliablelawn LawnSite Member
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  4. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    cannot see any pictures. Just some guesses; tire pressure is off, underside of deck needs to be scraped, blades might be sharp but are they balanced? Is the deck level? Not too sure other than that.
     
  5. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I don't see how unbalanced blades will leave a bad cut? I don't balance my blades perfectly I get them close. When I've been in a rush to get my acreage cut I've put fresh sharpened blades but not balanced on and went to town with no difference in cut quality.

    If I had a new mower that wasn't cutting good I'd take it back to my dealer if I've already checked the obvious: tire pressure, caster spacers the same, blade spacers the same, blades sharp, spindles good, deck clean and rpm correct.
     
  6. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Who knows then, I was throwing out guesses. I would assume if a blad is totally unbalanced, not just a little like you said yours are sometimes, then I would suspect the blade wood "wobble" while spinning which I think would create a nasy uneven cut.

    If the man sharpens his own blades and they are just a little off, then he can cross that guess off the list.
     
  7. fatboynormmie

    fatboynormmie LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Blades on upside down,belts loose and slipping or possibly rpm's are not around 3600-3700.Good place's to start.Good luck:waving:
     
  8. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not gonna happen. If it's wobbling you got more problems than a unbalanced blade.
     
  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Upside down was a thought I had as well.
     
  10. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah if your blades are upside down, I recommend you find a new line of work. .... even a Walmart push mower will cut grass. Since the OP hasn't replied back I assume he found he has been installing blades upside down.
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