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Center Blade Issue (3-blade) Cub Cadet RZT-50

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by T.Wells, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 86


    I am having a problem with my zero turn Cub Cadet as I am getting perfect circles of cut grass right where my center blade is located. My wife thinks she can hear the blade "bouncing" and I just don't hear it. However, I can see the issue when I mow the grass. There are perfect circles under the center blade where it cuts the grass a little shorter than the other areas. To be more specific, I get a perfect circle for the diameter of the blade, then have a normal cut for the next 12 - 16 inches then another circle. Any ideas on what this issue could be? I wanted to check before I send it in for repair so that I had an idea if I could fix it myself or perhaps what I am in for when I get to the repair stage.

  2. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Take the tension off of the belt on that spindle and try to move the spindle shaft. Try to pull up and down on it also.
    If it movesside to side, the bearings are shot. If it moves up and down, something else is wrong, probably a missing spacer.

    Check to make sure the blades are on correctly, also.

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