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Hey, Glad to see GDane join in here!

Discussion in 'Great Dane' started by UGA, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. UGA

    UGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I have been away for a many months and returned today to find this GDane moderated forum and have to say GLAD to see you guys. As long as it took to get the web site up I was starting to think it was never gonna' exist but now not only is it up but your here as well so Good Job.

    Well now that your here I have a few questions for you. I bought my 52" Surfer about 31/2 years ago slightly used (100 hours) through Commercial Lawn in Nashville, Tenn. I only put about 100 hours a year on it since I do my 3 acres and about 4-5 other yards on the side. It has a 22hp Kohler and for all intensive purposes I have been very impressed with my mowers speed and power in the THICK stuff (especially after I got the carb adjusted & cleaned out).
    With that said I have not been very pleased with the cut lately and I want to make sure I am doing everything to maximize a nice cut. For about a year I have been running double blade brackets with a gator on top and medium lifts on bottom. When I bought the med. lifts I thought they were high lifts but have since figured out otherwise. This combination seemed to work well for me for awhile but even with newly sharpened blades just doesn't give me the quality of cut that I am looking for.
    I have now ordered some true HI lift blades that will be in by the end of the week and I intend on removing the doubles and going with sharpened hi lifts to see how they perform. I have checked the tilt to make sure that I have about 1/4" front to back and I do and I experimented with raising and lowering the blades with spacers and feel like that where they have been is about the best which is about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the bottom of the deck.
    Could you please advise me on any other changes you might make or things to check. I know the grass I'm cutting is too thick to get a great cut but I've seen other mowers on the same grass do a much better job ( I won't name names here). Thanks for any feedback you could give me.
    I guess I should tell you what I don't like hugh? There are a lot of stragglers and grass not cut at all or places missed on even ground. Mind you I am cutting 4-6 " of grass off when this happens but even when its only 2-3" of grass it will miss somwwith my current setup. Thanks again.

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