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Bad Boy Cut And Deck Set Up

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by puppypaws, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is deck set up procedure we used on the Bad Boy Lightening. The special measuring tool makes it so much easier to set a deck up.

    Jay sells Scag, Exmark, Toro and Bad Boy as his main line of zero turn mowers and he said the Bad Boy was by far the easiest to adjust and he had adjusted them all.

    We put the mower on a flat concrete floor and set the hydraulic deck to the number 3 1/2 on the gage. He turned the blades to be pointed straight front to back with the mower, he put the measuring tool under the front of the blade and it measured 2 3/4", this did not match. He then turned the adjusting links on both sides of the deck (looks like the top link on the three point hitch of a tractor) to raise the end of the blades to a 3 1/2" cutting height on both outside blades under the deck. When he finished this setting he then checked the back end of the blade and it just work out good to be between 1/8" and 1/4" higher in the back so he then tightened the locking nuts on each end of the adjusting links.

    He said Bad Boy really thought about making these adjustments easy because if we were doing this to a Scag or Exmark it would take over twice and maybe three times as long and a lot more aggravation.

    I questioned him about the different mowers he sells and this is what he said, "the Exmark gives the better cut in plush limp grass because of the suction but it is necessary to clean the underside of the deck more often. The Scag I would consider to be the best build and design and gives a very good cut, there is not any noticeable difference in the cut of the Scag and Toro the only difference is the Toro is not built as strong and hired people will damage them easier". He then said that the Bad Boy was coming on pretty strong for a new company and he really looked for them to play a bigger part in the market within the next three years and they really listen to there customers.

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