Blades left uncut?

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by wildduck1520, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. wildduck1520

    wildduck1520 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Just bought a super-mini Z 52"-25kaw, put some gator blades on and cut two fescue lawns and noticing quite a few blades being left uncut. Not going to fast either. What could be the problem? Also, does the quickchute really work or is it more of a hinderance with the handle? Want to mulch but too much pain switching from mulch kit to side dis. Thanx
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    Did it do this before you removed the stock blades?
    The Gators may not have enough "lift" to pick up the grass before it is cut.
  3. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    I have never heard anything negative on the Qwikchute, in fact everything I hear is 100% positive.

  4. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    Gators do not have enough lift if ran by themselves but work great in a "+" coupled with regular high lifts.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    What you're referring to is called streaking, the process of missing blades.

    If you took the machine straight from the dealer to your first yard, that is your first problem. Never take a brand-new machine on her maiden cut to a customer's yard, she needs to be adjusted, tested, and re-adjusted until she's right.

    If this is your first machine, you should've bought a used one because they're usually pre-set to cut correctly. Dealers are not grasscutters, they only sell and repair the beasts, they set it up but so long it runs, they're ok with it. Of course they tell you it's ready to go, but please, take this with a grain of salt.

    If this is not your first machine, you're a step ahead as you should know the proper settings and what comes next will be easier:

    You need to take the machine home and go over it from end to end, check every connection, every belt, every nut, and every little piece for fit and snugness. Doing this will save you first a trip to the warranty department, and also some down-time.

    At the same time, adjust anything that isn't properly set, you should, between these two steps, find at least a half dozen discrepancies you will be glad you fixed.

    While you're doing this, bring your deck UP and your blades DOWN. Ultimately, you want the blade flush with the bottom of the skirt of your deck - Most mowers come with the blades recessed up inside the deck and this causes streaking.
  6. excel25

    excel25 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    Get the Quick chute you will be glade ya did !!

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