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Super z cut quality question

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by Thunderhead, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I have a question about my Super Z. What should I do to achieve the absolute Best cut it can give me? I am in South Louisiana.
    It's an '09 with the 31 hp Kawasaki and a 60" XR-7 deck. Serial #09040621 and Model #928887A.

    It currently has 14 lbs. of air in all 4 tires. Each anti-scalp wheel is lowered to the second hole (from the top hole). I run the Hustler OEM Fusion blades and flex forks. I cut at 2.50" but would like to cut at 2.25".

    Are the anti-scalp wheels in the right position?? Where should they be?? They aren't contacting the ground at 2.50", but they ain't far from it. What about the 14 lbs of air pressure in the tires??

    I have a yard I cut, that's about 3.5 acres and it's VERY unlevel and rough. The mower scalps alot on this property and it's definately noticable (until the grass starts growing back.)

    What can I do? Any comments from anyone are appreciated. I have about 60 hours on the machine and I love it.

  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Messages: 9,769

    I would be running the tires at 10psi and I would also try the scalp wheels in the lowest setting, this may help.
    The issue is the 2.5" and the rough ground, your gonna get scalping in those situations, best you can do is try and minimize it.

  3. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    If I put the anti scalp rollers in the lowest hole, they'll be constantly running on the ground. Are you saying this is ok and that I won't damage anything??
  4. grasskicker71

    grasskicker71 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    nope won't hurt anything to run them in bottom hole. You may have to raise deck with foot to keep from digging in ground when u turn around in some spots though.Thats what happens when u mow that low especially, if u use flex forks and stop and turn fast.I wouldn't mow without them now though.
  5. SLMGT

    SLMGT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    What type of grass are you cutting that needs to be cut at 2.5"?
  6. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Bahia and st. augustine, but mainly bahia.
  7. cbkc

    cbkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I hate mowing below 3" with my super Z because it will scalp the high spots. I would just mow it higher and see if the customer is ok with it. If you mow it every week and keep cutting the same amount off it will always looks good...just a little longer.
  8. Tockit

    Tockit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Bahia is the hardest grass I've ever tried to cut with any type of mower.

    You have to have sharp blades, and everything setup perfectly to get a good cut. From my experience anyway!
  9. Thunderhead

    Thunderhead LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I forgot to post back, but I am running all the tires at 10 PSI, just as PJ said, have the anti-scalp rollers in the middle holes, and I'm now cutting at 3 inches instead of 2.5. It has made a World of difference!
  10. cbkc

    cbkc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Good to hear!! I bet you really love your hustler now!!

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