Grass left uncut

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by jminz, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. jminz

    jminz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I think it's the belt tension, it has noticeable play in it when the blades are engaged. The belt is also cracked and weathered so I'm assuming it's never been changed.

    All I know about this mower is that it is a 2006 52" bunton. I do not know the model or model # and all identifying stickers have been power washed off. How do I go about finding a parts manual for this thing in order to see what size belt it needs and also instructions on how to replace it.

    I did a pretty extensive google search and came up short.
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  2. jtsnipe

    jtsnipe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    Bunton and Bobcat were built by the same company at that time and the mowers are just about identical.I believe most parts will interchange.If your haveing problems finding Bunton parts check with Bobcat.
  3. morrisj2

    morrisj2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Check the belt, maybe mow slower
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Check the pitch of the deck as stated. Usually when I have machines doing this it's because of the blades being to far up in the deck.. usually keep my blades about 1/4-3/4 inch from the front lip by moving all or all but one spacer above the blade towards the top of the deck. This does lower your cutting height but I cut in travel height and still obtain a 4-4.5 inch cutting height. Normally the weedy lawns are what leaves strays behind without having my blades down further in the deck. I believe vacuum is increased with the additional volume above the blades. Also, the front of the deck folds thin grasses down so it takes a bit of vacuum to suck it up to the blades.
  5. jminz

    jminz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I've ordered new belts and will check that deck rake is correct. Hoping that addresses the issue.
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  6. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,797

    Also, check the idlers to make sure they are moving freely.
  7. jminz

    jminz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    We'll after new belts, blades and checking deck rake it's still leaving grass behind. Idlers also move freely.
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  8. wbdodgeiv

    wbdodgeiv LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I'd also recommend checking the distance between the blades and the front lip of the deck. On my Dabe it stripes better with no spacers above the blade but leaves stragglers if the grass is high and/or wet. With two above it cuts better.
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  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Did you take the deck out of the transport position?
  10. zspeed130

    zspeed130 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    I fought this all last. Season. Same mower, but with sharp properly pitched blades I no longer have the issue! Still need to double cut some in thick wet grass due to windowing, but no stragglers! I was so happy. I think deck. Design has a lot to distinct cutting issues though.


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