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Scag 36in leaving mohawks about an inch high??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AP Lawn Care, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. AP Lawn Care

    AP Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Every time we're mowing down a hill the mower is leaving a mohawk all the way down the hill. It doesn't matter if it's big or small hill it still does it. I have no idea why. Anyone know why this is happening?
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I'm a little confused... Are you mowing straight up and down or side to side?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    try changing up the direction or slow down a little bit
  4. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    Mine only does it when mowing tall grass at too fast of a speed. Try slowing down, and you may have to double-cut if it's tall.
  5. AP Lawn Care

    AP Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Straight up and down and I'm only mowing in 1st gear because I thought I was going to too fast.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    scrape your deck clean with a 2" paint scraper, and sharpen your blades.

    I do this 2-3 times a week for superior results.

  7. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    Maybe Im thinking of a different issue but my ztr leaves bad tire tracks (creating sort of a "mohawk" effect) whenever they slip even a little bit (both braking down the hill and trying to accelerate up it). It doesnt quite tear the grass out, but really mats it into the ground and looks like crap. This happens where its too steep for good traction for me so if that sounds like your problem I just have to find a different way to cut it with less slipping.
  8. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 995

    check your spacers on the blade bolts...i had this problem when i was 18 and first started out...sometimes dummys will put the spacers under the blade instead of on top of it which will cause mohawks....

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