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My mower cant stay straight!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by s-lc, May 5, 2011.

  1. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Depends on what it is and how mechanically inclined a person is. The first thing I did with my very first mower was, go over the entire thing and checked, measured and adjusted EVERYTHING on the mower so "I" knew it was right.

    You're doing it backwards. Always get the air pressure set FIRST, then adjust the linkage rods to track straight. It doesn't matter if the rod adjustments are different as long as it tracks straight when both pistols/levers are pulled/pushed all the way in the same direction.
  2. bc3xx0

    bc3xx0 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    We are talking about a belt drive, right!!? As long as you make the tires the same diameter first, then you can do it first. But if you just set them the same PSI, you are just wasting time. Those tires are never the same. Even if you get them from the same lot. If you adjust your tensioners and rods the way the manual tells you, you can adjust the tracking using the tires, without a gauge or tape.

    It's never failed me and can be done in a matter of minutes.
  3. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 883

    count the number of rings on the linkage bolts, make sure both sides have the same amount bellow the bolt. also make sure air pressure is identical, if both are even and it still dont work put more air in the left than the right

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