Exmark uneven

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by shorty7616, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Last summer I was having some issues with my cut being even on my 36" Metro. I ended up replacing one spindle, and replacing the front tires. I measured around the blades....everything seems level. I do however keep having bolts that come off of the mower....the bolts connect the deck to the frame...I've tried everything...lock nuts, etc. Nothing seems to hold. I still seem to notice a slight uneveness. I thought it was just me being crazy, but I currently have a loaner and I see nothing wrong.

    Could the deck be bent?
    Why are the bolts repeatedly coming loose?
    Anything else I'm missing
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Bring it back to the dealer or ask exmark.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Best suggestion.
  4. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Try using lock tite on the bolts or try the nuts with the plastic in them. Did you check the air pressure in the rear tires? Did you buy this used or new from a dealer? Are the rear tire the same size? Did you check the spacers if any holding the blades? I's assume this if a fixed deck so also make sure the spacers on the yokes are even.
  5. Gautreaux's LNG

    Gautreaux's LNG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    There may be a vibration problem with your deck. Balance your blades and make sure the belts don't wobble after leaving the pulleys.Check for a small chunk of something between a belt and pulley. this can cause alot of vibration. good luck.
  6. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Actually meantioned it to the dealer, and they didn't care too much (thats a different post.) I've used the locking nuts, checked the blade spacers, the tires, the blades are balanced. The belt is a good idea, they wobble after I disengage the blades.
    I was afraid of using loctite in case I didn't get the deck level.---Its hard to explain, but when the deck is loose from the frame it forms a V-shape.
  7. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Post some pictures of what you are talking about as far as the deck shape and set up. Maybe we can offer more help. Maybe a dumb question, but are both spindles in good working order?
  8. MTR

    MTR LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,280

    Is this a used unit or new one? Have you checked the axle bolts on both sides? It is critically important that both axles are aligned at same level. There is a guy that forgot to correct the axle bolts on Metro fixed deck after he adjusted belts and brakes, including cutting height, one axle higher than another, result you know. Also, spacers between spindle and blades and spacers at the forks both top and bottom, one spacer mistake you got bad cut as similar to uneven tire pressure.
  9. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    I no longer use lock nuts, I use TOP LOCK NUTS. These nuts are sort of crushed egg shape and wont come off unless you want them too. Race car neighbor let me borrow some and I'm sold. Fastenal is the only place I can find them!
  10. shorty7616

    shorty7616 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    I'll post some pics as soon as the mower comes back from the shop. One spindle might be ready to be replaced. In terms of spacers, and axle height they are correct. BTW is was a new unit.

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