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Double or triple cutting

howardsells2000

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Maryland
For some reason my 52" DD Ferris walk behind is not cutting very good. I just put new blades on it, tightened the belts in case maybe they were slipping. It seems to be bending the grass over but not cutting real well. My blades are not upside down. Ive tried different blades and the problem still exists. What could it be? The mower is a couple years old but seems to run good. I was wondering if maybe it's just not as powerful as it used to be. I don't know, but it's frustrating to have to double or triple cut the yards to make them look nice. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Howard
 

Idealtim

LawnSite Senior Member
Just to ask the obvious, but do you have high lifts on it? Is it a problem that doubles could fix? If its bending the grass over, usually lift is the problem. Has this become a problem recently only or havee you noticed it getting worse over time? And yes, it is frustrating to double and triple cut a lawn.
 

CkLandscapingOrlando

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Orlando, Florida
Have you tried high lift blades to suck up the grass?Try lowering your hight maybe.If It use to cut right and you have'nt changed any thing then I would say you might be losing power or your spendals are wore out.Bad belt or bad tenchner
 

PLM-1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Joplin MO
Going too fast?? Wet grass?
 
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howardsells2000

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Maryland
I have been using gator blades. I tried a different kind of mulching blade also but nothing changed. Could the problem be the blades? I have been using the mulching blades but discharging the grass. I have thought about not using mulching blades. The problem seems to have been getting worse. I have changed my speed. Even if I go really slow I still have to recut it.

The belts are new this season and I cut at 3" inches.
 

PLM-1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Joplin MO
Is anyone else in your area having problems? Could just be that time of year. It happens here.
 

Dstosh

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Western New York
The one bad thing about gators is that if the grass is high they dont provide enough lift to suck it up after the mower runs it over. Get high lift blades, that will suck everything up and the cut will be nicer. Try lowering your height 1/4" also, that might help.
 
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