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Is this the way you boys have your blades set up?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vikings, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I'm thinking I should do something different. I don't like all the spacers at the bottom like that, also I think the blade is too high in the deck. The deck itself is basically perfect in height but it scalps. Not the blades, they don't scalp, but the deck scalps. It also gets hung up on the trailer.

    I know a longer ramp might do the job or some 2x8 screwed into the trailer floor. I'll actually probably do that but is there a better way to have your machine adjusted? This is a 36" toro T bar gear.
    The blades cut the grass at about 3" and I don't want it any higher then that.

  2. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    I'm not sure about your machine but on my scag w/b i can adjust the deck @ the point where it meets the engine platform by the means of six bolts three on each side and I can adjust @ the casters by switching the spacers around
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Boy,...It doesn't really look that high in the deck, but the bolt or nut hanging down that low throws me. It seems like that would leave marks in the grass.
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I would say it's about half way up the deck, and toro can also be adjusted at the back axle (takes me half an hour :() and at the front castor wheels.

    When I first got it a couple weeks ago the blade was dead even with the bottom of the deck. But I was scalping with the blade a lot so I raised the blade inside the deck with those spacers, or rather taking those spacers and putting them on the bottom of the blade, and I fiddled a little with the exle and castors.

    I got the height right but I don't like the set up but I'm not scalping with the blade anymore.. it was pretty brutal my first few days lol.
  5. acm8705

    acm8705 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Could you just get a shorter bolt? Then get rid of the spacers.
  6. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I was thinking of just putting the spacers away somewhere (but I didn't know you could actually do that) and hope I don't lose them. AT the top of the deck there are hole in the housing so, in theory you could have the bolts sticking out the top of the deck though I don't think they would.

    I should get rid of those spacers or at least some of them.

    Maybe if I drop the blade down one spacer, got rid of the extras then raised the axle and the castors both one hole and one spacer respectively. That might be a slight improvement.
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    The spacers don't go there. They should go below the blade bolt nut on the top side of the deck.
  8. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    ahh...:dizzy: You mean they don't adjust like the castor wheels?

    If so, CRAP! this is very embarrassing.:laugh:
  9. acm8705

    acm8705 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Grits is right. After taking a second look at your pic they should be on top of the spindle.
  10. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    they can also be under the spindle, but aboved the blade. The blade should be the lowest point.

    Bolt, blade, then the spacers.

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