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New E-Mark Metro 36" with sulky giving a lousy cut!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Five Diamond Lawns, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Got a new 36"Emark Metro a month a go. I love it, fast and most of all a great cut. I started out with Mo-Blades on it and I couldn't ask for better.
    Last week my 2 wheeled sulky came in. It's like an "E" ticket ride at Disneyland:) Makes each lawn a new experience. A lot of fun.

    Here's the problem:

    I started noticing the cut I was in love with was going away. It seems with the sulky I no longer got the big flat lawns, instead it looks more like a rider cut.

    When I call the dealer he said a sulky will not change the cut.:confused: :confused:

    What have you experienced?????
  2. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Don't see how the sulky could change the cut but I supppose it could if:

    1) You are operating the machine faster than you would walk it....and the extra speed caused the mower to bog and leave uncut areas (or extra speed caused mower to bounce and leave uncut grass)

    2) Going up a hill the front end popped up and grass was left uncut (adding weights to the front will help up hill performance).

    3) The added wheels, if not in line with the mower wheels ,can leave added tracks in the yard that may detract from the look of the stripes.

    There may be other reasons but these are the ones I've experienced...

  3. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    I just have one question....what the hell is an E-mark?
  4. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    how sharp are your blades? have you checked
  5. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Blades are in great shape!!!!
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Are you saying that when you use the sulky, it makes the grass lay over? If you mow back and forth and do not overlap too much, this should result in a "striping" effect which seems to be a desireable thing. Many (myself included) pride ourself on excellent striping. Correct me if I am guessing incorrectly.
  7. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Try adding weight to the front of the mower. When you stand on a sulky it pulls the nose up and you dont get the cut you love, especially on the 36 its so small it has no weight to it.
  8. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    You have an Exmark, not an E-Mark... geez
  9. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    the only thing i can think of is that the speed with the sulky is causing it to skip. whenever you run a walkbehind with a sulky, you must run it full blast, you would be surprised how much power is transfered from cutting to pulling you (especially if you are a heavy guy 200lbs+)
  10. CaptainslawnCare

    CaptainslawnCare LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 8

    Might you have whatÂ’s called a "ProSlide"? Sulky not on wheels...
    These types change the look of stripes, and if not installed correctly, will almost always lift the front end. the other thing people forget is the tire pressure on the exmark...this will also change the quality of cut.

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