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Question for Walker owners regarding decks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RyanD, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. RyanD

    RyanD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    I have an older walker ('97) and an older 54" deck. I am having a problem with the deck wheels out in front laying the grass down and it leaving a strip of taller grass behind later as it(the grass) stands up. Anybody have this problem and have a remedy?
  2. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    seems like you have a vac problem under the deck. thats a side discharge right. how long have you had it, has it done it since you bought it. what size engine on it?
  3. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    what kind of grass and is it all the time? both sides? are the blades too worn? are they on backwards? (wrong blades) or gear boxes rebuilt wrong and spinning backwards? pto belt slipping and not giving full rpm?
  4. RyanD

    RyanD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Good ideas guys. No, it does not do it all the time. only when the grass is taller and thick. When you are sitting on the mower, it is the left side only. Maybe not the wheels pushing it down then since it is just one side. Yes it is side discharge to the right. Perhaps there is an issue with the vacuum. I have been mowing in the rain some lately and I haven't cleaned the underside of the deck in a couple of days. this could affect the vacuum right?
  5. RyanD

    RyanD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    By the way, it just started recently and it is the 20hp model.
  6. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    do you got new blades on? something on deck bent? tighten pto belt.

    can you post a pic?
  7. RyanD

    RyanD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    I have sharp blades on. I can't find anything bent. As far as I know the pto belt isn't slipping. If it was, wouldn't I hear the hum of the blades slow down? I cleaned the deck out this morning. There was a lot of grass clippings stuck underneath. We will see if it is a vacuum issue.
  8. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    the only blades that will turn opposite are the rear discharge decks. If you have accidently put one of your blades from your bagging deck on this side discharge deck, it is more than likely running the wrong way. In other words check both blades and make sure they are right. You may have one blade wrong.
  9. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    i dont know. if only i could see it in person, i could probably help more.
  10. Absolute Weed C

    Absolute Weed C LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    It was from the grass stuck to the deck,,, he said he was mowing in wet grass so it is the reason. You would know by the sound if the blades are on backwards, and also would know if the blades were worn out. The of course you can even check the shear bolts on the blades to. I had a gorilla put my blades on so darn tight that when the blades broke free from the shears they still spun. Just slower.

    Just my .02

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