Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ground Rules, Aug 28, 2000.

  1. Ground Rules

    Ground Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I have searched and read information regarding proper mowing techniques and stripping but still have a question regarding quality of cut.

    I have a 48" Scag Belt Drive Walk behind. I am new to this device this season but I feel I have the functionality of it pretty well at hand. Nice machine for a first. When I mow the quality of the cut appears so that the left (opposite of discharge) side seems to yield a lower or browner strip than the right side. I usually mow at 2 and sometimes three with my larger lawns.

    I have checked that rear tire pressure and I keep them at 14. I have meausred mowing deck distance and it seems ok.

    If there is anyone familiar with the Scag 48" and have any advice I would appreciate it.
  2. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Is this a consistent problem on all your jobs?
    I'm not familiar with the 48" Scag.Does it have a floating
    deck? Have you tried using different blades?

  3. Ground Rules

    Ground Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Yes, I see it on all my lawns. No, It's not a true floating deck.

    I have not tried different blades. Any suggestions on the type of blades I should be using?
  4. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    I'm not familiar with all the blade types you guys have over there. (I'm in Australia.) Firstly I would change your
    blades,replacing them with your normal standard blades and then try it out.There maybe a problem with your left hand blade. Has the deck warped at all? What height are you cutting at? (in inches) Should that type of grass be cut at
    that height at all?

    Just a few things to consider. :)

  5. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Groundrules...I have been using Scags exclusively for the past 6 years. I use Scag blades and this year started running with double blades on each spindle. My machines stripe incredibly well, both with and without double blades. Maybe it is the quality of the lawns you are cutting? I have a few lawns that, no matter what, a stripe will not take. I have noticed an even more pronounced stripe with the use of my ProSlide sulky.

    Do you have the blade spacers set evenly throughout? Do you have the caster spacers set evenly on each side? Is your deck mounted evenly (check holes)? Might check all of these too.
  6. Ground Rules

    Ground Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Southside and Scraper, Thank you both for your quick feedback.

    I have checked both my blade spacers and caster spacers and both sides are set the same. I have not touched the deck mounting and it is set properly.

    My lawns vary from irrigation and anual programs to nothing at all. Each seem to produce the same. I'll double check all my settings again today.

    I think I'm going to try a different blade and see if this produces the results I'm looking for.

    Appreciate your time.
  7. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    How often do you sharpen the blades? Do they have any large "dings" in them?

  8. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Has it been a problem since you bought it? Did you buy this mower new? If you did, check with your dealer and have them fix it. If you purchased it used, I would get in contact with the former owner and see if that was a problem when he owned it. If it did, then thats probably the reason he sold it, and you might want to think about doing the same/selling it. My two cents worth.
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Are both your rear tires inflated to the same psi?,when laying under the deck,line up the centr blade tip with the outer two,see if they line up evenly on both tips.I have seen spindles bent just slightly,enough to give you an uneven cut.It is more likely that you have a bent blade or low tire.
  10. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    Sounds like a bent blade. Take them all off and lay them on a flat suface next to each other. Or buy new blades(you"ll need them sooner or later anyway) and try cutting with them.

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