Gravely 260 Cut Issues

BDS05

LawnSite Member
Location
Tennessee
I've recently purchased a used 2016 Gravely Proturn 260 with the X-factor deck. This mower will only be used to cut my one acre of grass / weeds. The mower doesnt have the chute installed (i do have it) but instead a "mulch system" in place that I can close or leave open. The seller told me he just sharpened the blades, which they appear to have been. I want the best cutting blades but don't know where to begin. Mulching isn't a huge concern. I have few trees and cut my yard once, if not twice a week.

My second issue is striping. My old TroyBilt Pony striped better than this unit. This deck has what I assume is a kit installed on the back, hard thick rubber. Anything I could try, budget friendly is welcomed!

I have used the search feature and came up with G6 or Exmark Hi Lift but don't know which would be better for my application or if a better product has since been sold.

I removed the two baffles on the front of the deck after my first cut. I'll have to wait for taller grass to test.

Thank you
 

andyreed

LawnSite Member
Location
Iowa
Oregon 91-264 blades. They are a notched high lift blade. Quarter inch deck pitch. With those 2 things you should get a good stripe and a good cut, at least I do on cool season grassike kbg and fescue.
 

sjessen

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Knoxville, Tn
Try taking the mulch kit off and see if that helps.

Not sure what mulch system refers to if not a full kit. Typically mulch kits reduce lift.
 
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BDS05

LawnSite Member
Location
Tennessee
Pretty sure he just has a OCDC, not a mulch kit.
It's a plate with holes that blocks the discharge and adjusts up or down via a knob that resembles a trucker's gear shifter....
That current blades are not mulch style and dont appear to have any lift.
 

Hawkshot99

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
New York
It's a plate with holes that blocks the discharge and adjusts up or down via a knob that resembles a trucker's gear shifter....
That current blades are not mulch style and dont appear to have any lift.
That is not a mulch kit. Just keeps you from blowing grass in beds and such. If you keep NH it closed for very long you will start leaving a bad window out the side.
 
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BDS05

LawnSite Member
Location
Tennessee
That is not a mulch kit. Just keeps you from blowing grass in beds and such. If you keep NH it closed for very long you will start leaving a bad window out the side.
I stand corrected. Thank you. I thought it walk a mulch kit as it kept the clippings in to cut more.
 

Ridin' Green

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Michigan
I stand corrected. Thank you. I thought it walk a mulch kit as it kept the clippings in to cut more.
It does keep them in and help cut them up more to a degree, but what you have is a block off plate more correctly known as an OCDC which stands for Operator Controlled Discharge Chute and it is for keeping the grass and leaves out of places you don't want them to go. It can act as a make shift mulch kit but that isn't what it is really meant to be used for.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rochester, MN
The XFactor II is a decent deck, will perform good in all conditions but wet where it will throw wads. Had it for more than a few years, modestly happy, went to a 7Iron Pro, and man big difference.
 
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BDS05

LawnSite Member
Location
Tennessee
Anyone know the part number if I wanted some exmark hi lift? I've all but called dealers around me (very few) and have had no luck. My model mower number is 992254.
 

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