Trimstar rooster tail

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by TSG, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking for help
    I just purchased a Hustler 48 trimstar.
    I demoed one several times on what I would call B and C lawns and everything looked great
    When cutting on an A lawn, at 3.5 inches I see a rooster tail on the
    left 1/3 of the cut.
    I added a washer to lower the blades per the dealer, and it still exist.
    Then added 2, got worse
    Has anyone else had issues with this.
    Thanks
    Alan
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is it a fixed deck?? You also might be going to fast for the thicker grass. if i'm correct, i think the deck is only 4" deep.
     
  3. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is a floating deck
    and I have cut this lawn 3 times now down to 3 " and
    the problem still exist.

    The dealer just called and he was told by the rep that the issue is
    that there is not enough air flow for the type of cutting I am doing.
    They are trying mulching blades with the thought that it will increase air flow

    Will try it again in the AM

    Alan
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Alan

    If that does not work. see if you can get a set of Rapter blades. they are sold at the Stens dealer.

    let us know how it goes.
     
  5. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks John
    The Rapter blades look a lot like the Gators
    I hope to have this all set by tomorrow
     
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    There very different then the gators. they are a mulching blade that has down discharge with side discharge. some goes down while some goes out.

    Look up Tony from Australia. i told him to use them on his turbo force and he was more then happy with them.
     
  7. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
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    John
    My dealer can't find rapters for an 07 trimstar,,,,,,,would you have a part #
    The roostertail is less distinct but still there.
    Does the rapters create more lift than gators?
    Thanks for your time
     
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did hustler put a Funky sized blade on this mower??? they have done this in the past. i dont have a number for the rapters.


    Lets try this:) Can you get a "solid lift blade" for your mower???? Not a Notch high lift type .


    I still think the deck is to shallow on that mower. is it the 4" deep deck???


    Hanging with you, john
     
  9. TSG

    TSG LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Front deckheight is 4,,,back is 5
    The blades that came with them look just like my exmark high lifts
    The sent me mulching one today,,,got a little better,
    I still don't understand how the mulchers create more lift.
    The issue looks like it is coming from the left spindle.
    The other frustrating thing is that the spacers on the height adjustment
    actually change the cutting height by 3/8
    so if you use the 3.5 hole it is the blade height actually measures almost 4.
    They should have added a spacer to the blades,,,but that is another issue.
    I really like the machine controls
    and my neighbor almost didn't notice the uneven cut.
    It drives me crazy
    Thanks again for any input
    Supposable the engineers are aware of this issue
     
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Posts: 10,812


    Grind some washers so your deck can be at the proper hight(higher in the rear then the front). i think the problem is with where the holes are in your hight adjustment. this is easy to fix.

    Did you ask PJ??? hes good at this.

    I'm still here for you:weightlifter:

    John
     

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