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post #1 of 65 Old 06-11-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Deck clogging issue.... help.

Hello, I was curious if anyone has had a similar issue I've been having with a mower, and if they've discovered a fix for the issue?
I have a Husqvarna GT52XLS lawn tractor with the fabricated welded deck (1st one I've ever had).

The issue i'm having, is the deck on that thing loads up and clogs up more than any mower I've ever had.

No other mowers I've ever had before has ever given me this issue. But this Husq has been constant maintenance ever since the very first cutting. I have 2 acres that I mow. And even with a freshly cleaned deck, after about 3 rounds, that deck is already loading and clogging up.

I'm becoming very discouraged with the mower being that is cost almost $4k.
The mower itself is perfectly fine, I just hate the mower deck.

I've read reviews saying that it's the fabricated deck. What's yalls opinion?

Is there a fix for this?

Or, Is there a site or dealer that has or makes aftermarket decks for these mowers that would fix this issue?
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post #2 of 65 Old 06-11-2019, 10:36 PM
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Re: Deck clogging issue.... help.

It has been a pretty wet spring most places, does that come into play where you are at.

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Are you mowing with your engine at wide open throttle? How tall is the grass you're mowing? Are you mowing it wet or dry?
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I don't think the wet or dry is causing this particular issue.

I've been using my old Troybilt to and it has been cutting it just fine with no clogging issues at all. I can mow almost knee deep grass on that old Troybilt and it will eject it all.

I've never had this issue with any of my old mowers.(Murray's, Snapper, Husky, and now Troybilt).

After reading a few customer reviews on the Husqvarna GT52XLS mower, several others have had the exact same issue.

That Husq is now 3 years old, but I purchased it new 3 years ago from the local Kubota tractor dealer in Wills Point Tx. I've had that clogging issue since the very first time I used it. When I brought it to their attention, they acted like they never heard of such an issue and told me to bring it to husq attention. But husq just told me to take it to a authorized service provider (Kubota). The other service provider (Four Bros.) just wants me to buy a new mower.

I'm now reading that those Fabricated decks have horrible air flow and clog up a lot. I wish I would have read those customer review before I bought it.
Of coarse, the reviews on the Manufacturers website make it sound amazing, but googling the customer reviews paints a different picture.

There has to be a fix for this. Does anyone know if there are aftermarket decks for these mowers that would fix this? After 3 years of constantly scraping the deck out, I'm about ready to trade it in and get a new one, Never getting a Fab deck again.
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Without some pics of the deck in the clogged up condition there is no way for anyone to give you ideas on mods you could try. I did some www browsing to see what the underside of the deck looks like. I then compared that to some pics I have of the underside of JD 48 and 54" decks I have for sale.

One thing I saw right off the bat was there is a well defined raised exit chute stamped into the upper forward part of the deck shell starting on the lh side and enlarging as it goes towards the right. This is seen in any JD stamped deck and most any brand's stamped decks.
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Have you tried mowing with the deck a little higher? And how tall is the grass when you mow?

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Maybe different blades would help?
Also, on my old Honda, one of the blades was different and had to be put on a specific spindle.
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Mowing wet grass is an issue, thinking otherwise is foolish. You never answered my engine throttle question, are you running at wide open throttle on the engine?
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Re: Deck clogging issue.... help.

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Hello, I was curious if anyone has had a similar issue I've been having with a mower, and if they've discovered a fix for the issue?
I have a Husqvarna GT52XLS lawn tractor with the fabricated welded deck (1st one I've ever had).

The issue i'm having, is the deck on that thing loads up and clogs up more than any mower I've ever had.

No other mowers I've ever had before has ever given me this issue. But this Husq has been constant maintenance ever since the very first cutting. I have 2 acres that I mow. And even with a freshly cleaned deck, after about 3 rounds, that deck is already loading and clogging up.

I'm becoming very discouraged with the mower being that is cost almost $4k.
The mower itself is perfectly fine, I just hate the mower deck.

I've read reviews saying that it's the fabricated deck. What's yalls opinion?

Is there a fix for this?

Or, Is there a site or dealer that has or makes aftermarket decks for these mowers that would fix this issue?
I have been helping a young man after his wife passed away. I took my GTH27V52LS to his house when he told me it was taking him 2 1/2 hrs to mow 2 1/2 acres. I told him I was mowing 3 acres in 1-2 hrs depending on how tall the grass was. His is the GTH52XLS I think. It was filled up too, but he had been cutting tall wet grass, but so was mine and it was still cutting better. I plan to sharpen his blades when I go there to upgrade his steering. I mowed with his again with the grass only cutting about and inch off and it mowed much better, but I’ll be watching it too. The biggest thing I noticed is the tone of the deck compared to my GTH27V52LS. I don’t think the deck is spinning the blades as fast. It doesn’t shoot the grass out as far or as fast. I can mow an inch of grass off at full speed. I have cut a field with grass and alfalfa that was taller than the front wheels without buildup. Maybe check the blade speed if you have a tach. I have heard even small increases in blade speed will improve its performance. Check the engine rpm as well. If it isn’t fast enough, the blades won’t be either.

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Re: Deck clogging issue.... help.

I had this problem with my current mower when I was running high lift blades, then I switched over to some low lift/sand blades and it stopped loading up, it also kicks up less dust during the dryer months so my eyes are happy about that.
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On the blade rpm all you have to do is look at the pulleys. If the engine pulley is smaller than the driven pulley[s] on the deck then the blades are turning slower than the motor. Most I have seen have the pulleys more or less the same size so that the blades are turning engine rpm.
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Re: Deck clogging issue.... help.

I mow at full throttle. And in this particular issue, The grass being wet, damp or bone dry isn't causing this. I've mowed is all conditions and it clogs up regardless.
I can get an extra couple of laps in when it's bone dry, but it still clogs up really quickly.
I usually mow when it gets about 4" to 5" tall.
Again, none of my other mowers have ever given me this issue before. And I've mowed directly after a rain before with the other mowers. I wouldn't dare try that with this mower.
I've actually been avoiding that mower for about the last 3 weeks and just been using the old Troybilt.
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You mentioned the blades, I did bring this issue up last time I was at Four Bros. and they mentioned this as well. They sold me a set of heavy duty mulching blades, but to be honest, I'm not sure if it has helped any though. The cut looks a lot better, but i'm still having to scrape the deck out at every mowing.
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Ritothebull…
I honestly didn't know they made different lift pitches on the blades. I will definitely ask about this next time I'm at the tractor house. Thanks bud.
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Rayjay…
I've actually been avoiding using that mower due to the clogging issue. But, next time I mow with it. I'll lift it up and snag a couple pictures of how packed full it gets. Thanks.

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