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Question for DANE owners

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tilly, Apr 20, 2001.

  1. tilly

    tilly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Ok so I got a new Dane chariot 61" love how it handles/runs but I'm not so crazy about the cut it gives me! Keep in mind that this is the first ZTR rider that I've ever owned.
    The problem I have is that it seems to scalp the S#%T out of the turf. Now I don't really know if this is a mid mount problem or if I just don't have the rollers set properly. Also why don't the 61" Dane have a front center roller butthe 48" Danes do? I've also noticed that alot of the other brands have center rollers on the 61" decks any reason Dane don't?
    So tonight I just adjusted the rollers down one hole, now they will be in the center hole ,hope this will help eliminate some of the scalping - (plowing,rolling turf,discing)
    Also one other thing I noticed- when I come to the top of a semi steep hill and just break the top (like when the front wheels ride a couple feet on the level ground the deck is in the dirt again! I'm guessing this is just a problem with the mid-mount deck?
  2. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Tilly, not sure about the roller question, in fact im not even sure where ours is. As far as the cut, i think its beautiful!!! It only got better when we put doubles on, thanks to the mulching ability. I have no problems with scalping or anything of the like and i do a complex with many hills!! When i do scalp its always operator error. Maybe you just need a little practice, after all this is your first one.
  3. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    How high are you mowing and how many spacers are above the blades?
  4. Poplen

    Poplen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Guntruck,Kirby, what set-up do you use for the double blades? (gator/regular or gator/hi-lift). I had the scalping problem with my 52 surfer, so I raised the blades 1/2 inch (spacers). What would be the spacer requirement for double blades?
  5. summitgroundskeeping

    summitgroundskeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I dunno your problem. My Scamper is set at 3" and I have never ever scapled. Only thing I can think of is your cutting height. Or my be you need more practice.
  6. LiVe2

    LiVe2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I have a 61 dane and I never scalp unless I cut lower then 2 1/2 inches. The thing I dont like about the 61 its really jumpy when you take off
  7. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    For the doubles im using the marbane blades with gators on top. It had three washers on top of the regular high lifts so i took 1 washer off to compensate for the thickness of another blade being installed. It now has 2 washers and two blades on each spindle, works wonderfully. I dont know much about those washers kirby was asking about i thought they were just set like they should be from the factory, i didnt know they could or should be adjusted to specific needs if thats what he means. =)

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