Turf Tracer cutting low

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cutter1, Aug 16, 2000.

  1. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    I have a 48" Exmark Turf Tracer. It cuts low on the right side for some reason. I'm sure your thinking the same thing as that other post, air pressure!! I checked that, they are all the same pressure. I checked for a bent spindle, low tread, and everything else imaginable. I put spacers on the right side only to raise it up, it know cuts level, but it is off by about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Why?!!?!? Its driving me nuts. This happens with or with out a bag on it too.
  2. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Sounds like you covered the bases and did a really good check on the machine before you posted, you deserve a pat on the back!

    You might have checke it already, but how about the rear wheel adjustment? Or vertical play in the spindles??

    Let us know what you end up finding out!

  3. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Spindles are good, had them checked!! There isn't an adjustment for the rear wheels either. No one can figure it out including my Exmark dealer!! Oh well, it still cuts.
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    How long have you noticed it?
  5. Rufur

    Rufur LawnSite Member
    from md
    Messages: 143

    is it cutting below the setting?
  6. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Keith...It never did it last year, but for some reason it just started cutting like that. I still have no idea.
  7. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Rufur....Its cutting below the height just on the right side.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,492

    How much lower is it cutting exactly? Are you blades mixed with others? (Sometimes different brands have slightly different thicknesses) And, does it do it all the time or just when you curve to the left? Let me know.
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    It could even be one that is bent down a bit, but if it's only on one side, maybe not. If you sharpen the same blades and put them on the same spindles, it could be the problem of a bent blade. Give us some more details.
  10. Bluegrass

    Bluegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    OK, this may get a little technical, but bear with me. I am not familiar with your specific machine, but this should apply if your deck has the blade spindles one placed further foreward than the others.

    If you use the front wheel casters to adjust your cutting height, and you lower the front end on the mower, the blade that sits furthest foreward will actually cut a little lower than the rest, because of the deck not being level. You will need to check out your owners manual to see what the recommended setup is for the cutting height that you desire. You will probally have to have your deck set fairly close to level, and adjust your cutting height using the blade spindle spacers.

    Along the same lines, if the front of the deck is raised too high, the same thing can happen, only this time the blades that are furthest back will be giving the lower cut. This also is harder on the mower, the blade is cutting on all 360 degrees, cutting the grass with the front of the balde, and again with the back. THis takes a bit more engine power.

    Hope this helps and made sense.

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