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John Deere Z Trak Mowing Like Crap

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by chip25521, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,610

    The more tightly baffled the deck is under there, the less room there is for the airflow to come out the chute and it has to go somewhere, so it comes out the front since the front edge is higher than the sides and rear skirting. That's why we get covered by crap. Opening it up by taking those two plates out won't cure everything, but will go a long ways in helping you out.

    The wavy blades not only create airflow in the horizontal plane like the high lifts, but they also create airflow in the vertical plane due to the wavy design, which forces a lot of the debris down into the turf and almost totally eliminates front skirt blowout.
  2. chip25521

    chip25521 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    I seem to have fixed the issue. I took out the two inner baffles, went ahead and out a set of new blades on I had and re leveled the deck once again. The deck, when set to 3 inches, was at 3 and about 1/16 inch on the closed side of the deck. The open side of the deck was at 2 and 7/8, maybe a little higher. I think since the deck was pointing down (throwing grass at the ground) maybe that was contributing to the problem. Anyway, one of the three or a combination of the three fixed the issue.
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,610

    Good to hear.

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