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X-Factor Deck QOC?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mtmower, May 3, 2012.

  1. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Haven't installed my bagger yet and probably won't till this fall but I did pull the instructions out and found that they recommend removing that baffle when the bagger is installed. I'm guessing it's used to produce turbulence need and to separate a portion of the clippings that are exiting the chute for better dispersal. I could be all wet though. Maybe someone from Gravely could chime in. PSC also wondered if the mufflers were SS.
     
  2. Gravely Commercial

    Gravely Commercial Inactive
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    The purpose of this baffle is to help dispense the grass when side discharging.

    Thanks.
     
  3. Gravely Commercial

    Gravely Commercial Inactive
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    mtmower - You are correct in your thinking, and the baffle needs to be removed to install the boot.

    PSC - The mufflers on the Pro-Turn 400 are not stainless steel.
     
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If the muffler is not stainless could you tell us what it is? Is it galvanized or just regular mild steel? If its regular steel then I am going to paint mine with high temp header paint to help protect it from the elements. I was kind of surprised it didnt seem to have any coating on it that's what made me think it was stainless.
     
  5. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Gravely,

    Thanks for the response. I think it's awesome for a company to have a rep on line here to answer questions and help out. Above and beyond!:)

    I do have a question. I have approx 7 hr. on my 460 and just today noticed stragglers every so often in no apparent pattern in my very wispy fescue type grass and even a few here and there in blue grass. Almost like I'm lacking vacuum to stand it up. It will be like one or two separate blades of grass every 5 feet or so in no apparent pattern. Made sure the bottom of the deck was clean and blades still look good. Do you offer different blades as optional? Maybe a higher lift? I need to purchase a second back up set of blades anyway.
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have found the x-factor deck likes razor sharp blades. That being said the only stringers I have had were in fine fescue at fast speeds. When I slowed down a bit it was cured. When I put fresh blades on I was able to mow at top speeds again in fine fescue. In all other northern grasses I have not had any stringers.
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  7. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you still running OEM blades or have you tried others?
     
  8. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Right now Im still running OEM blades. But yesterday I bought a set of Stens blades from my dealer which are factory replacements (Gravely owns Stens) but are thinner than the stock blades. He claims you get a little more blade tip speed and has had good results. I kinda gave him the look and said I will give them a try. Im going to put them on this weekend and will cut with them on Monday and report back. I have never run thinner blades. Have you ever heard of better blade tip speeds with them?
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  9. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Are the stens blades he gave you flat on the bottom? The stens blades I buy are flat blades and don't have that small arch to them. I actually think the flat blades might cut a little better than the oem blades. BUT the oem blades do hold an edge longer because they are marbane. The stens have a longer cutting edge also.

    Here are my stens laid next to new G6 blades


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    This is my cut quality with the stens blades. This was done with my 160Z but it has the same deck as our new 400 series. Nice clean smooth cut.




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    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012
  10. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    This is one of the Stens blades...looks the same as yours. Your cut looks great!! I like the OEM blades but if my dealer and you are right these may be even better!

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