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Old 09-03-2012, 03:25 PM   post #1 of 14
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I am trying to get my 60"inch deck on my 445 set up perfectly..i bought the John deere blade height gage and have the owners manual i understand most of it but the guage wheels it doesn't really say how they should be set any advice? I have very hilly terrien and lots of crest and valleys...thanks
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Bottom of the wheels should be half an inch or more from the ground.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:11 PM   post #3 of 14
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Bottom of the wheels should be half an inch or more from the ground.
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Gezz that close?
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:53 PM   post #5 of 14
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Gezz that close?
I would say 1/2 to 1" below the deck lip... (you can hang them lower if you cut your grass high like 3-4 inches...) if they are higher than the deck they will have no effect at all...

assuming flat ground they will never touch but should you get a high spot "in theory" the wheels will lift the deck and keep it from scalping the lawn...

works GREAT in theory but only works in practice in the right conditons...

lets say you have a high spot only a foot wide cenerted under the deck, the blades will just chop off the high spot keeping the anti-scalp wheels clean the good thing is no high spot the next time




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Old 09-04-2012, 01:38 AM   post #6 of 14
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Gezz that close?
Well, many Deere deck manuals specify anywhere from 1/8" - 1/2" from the ground to the bottom of the wheels. I've never seen any reason to run 'em closer than half an inch; however, I have noticed the line between two passes being more obvious if you have some uneven/rolling terrain and the wheels are higher than half an inch (more noticeable with the wider decks.)
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:17 AM   post #7 of 14
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The pre-set locks you can choose on your gauge wheels make things confusing. At least for me they do. I'd like to set my wheels higher, but for the height I cut at either I'm at .25" or .75". Give or take.

I can't get the sweet spot w/o playing w/ my cut height. I cut w/ the knob set at 2.75 or so.

I have my 8 hour oil change coming up soon. Since I have to pull the deck off to do that job cleanly, I think I'll screw around w/ the cut height and try to get the gauge wheels up a little bit more. I find I have to work my lift pedal quite a lot when I'm going from grass to pavement/sidewalk.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:12 PM   post #8 of 14
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Well ive been mowing with the wheels up a good 2 inches from the cement floor at cutting height
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:15 PM   post #9 of 14
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Thanks diesel..i think you figured out why i am getting poor cut quailty
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:55 PM   post #10 of 14
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Drop em down a notch!
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:39 PM   post #11 of 14
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This isn't rocket science we are dealing with here.

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:35 PM   post #12 of 14
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Maybe you should post in the rocket science forum then? Or do have a tip to add
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:00 AM   post #13 of 14
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Yeah lower them down a lot. Mine are set 1/2" above surface and I cut around 3". My 60 inch deck is set up and cuts way better than my neighbors brand new x3. His lawn looks like the deck is set higher on one side than the other....not good.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:15 AM   post #14 of 14
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thanks for all the help
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