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post #1 of 19 Old 05-02-2019, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Extreme dust and dirt

Ok you guys, this is crazy I've had baggers and strong tractors before but this one is out off control. I just got done bagging the yard and even with a mask I almost threw up from eating all the dirt, I actually did throw up last time without a mask..... Moving on.... I'm not exaggerating how bad this is. I've to a quick video if anyone is interested but these pics should show you how dirty I got in about 30 minutes of mowing. This is a yard that's been watered almost daily to include today!! I'm mowing Bermuda at 2 inches but I bummed out up to 2.5 and nothing changed. Is it possible I'm doing something wrong? If I can't figure this out I'm taking this thing back...
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OK, that video was quite informative!!!!

First off, the grass and ground are almost bone dry. Where do you live?
Second, your cutting height is way too low. That grass is no where close to 2.5 inches high. 2.5 inches is about as long as the distance from your palm to the second knuckle of your index finger. You need to first level the deck. This will ensure the blades are cutting on a level plane. Find a flat surface like a garage floor or driveway. With the deck at it's highest setting, measure the distance from all the blades to the ground and mark it down somewhere. Go thru all the height settings and measure the distance between the blades and ground and mark these also.
Next, operate the deck several times through it's range. Then check your height between the blade and ground again to see if they match the first recordings. If they match, compare your actual height measurements to the marks on the settings handle and mark where the actual heights are.
If you get some wonky readings after moving the deck thru it's range, you need to make sure the deck is connected to the tractor correctly. Then go thru all the heights again.

Exactly how much water are you watering each day? There are quite a few bald spots and not from the kids. You could be overwatering. Are ALL the sprinkler heads working?
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post #4 of 19 Old 05-02-2019, 10:17 PM
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the blades on right not up side down?

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I mow my lawn on 3.5 most of the time, occasionally on 3 if the grass isn't quite as long. Even when my grass is dry in the heat of summer I don't get dust and dirt, just grass clippings. Of course it also depends on what part of the country you live in.

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Your lawn in the video looks like my lawn- lots of green, but also not thick, with some soil or dead grass showing. My mowers would throw lots of dust and particles every cutting last summer regardless of how much rain we had. I have to clean the air filter on my new Toro mulching mower after every use.

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Blades are upside down.

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Ok, thanks for the input guys! Flaken: I live in the upstate of SC, so we have had a good bit of rain this spring and I have been watering about every other day it seems. To be honest I didnt even think I would "have to" level the deck on a brand new $4,000 machine but i will be looking at that. Alot of what you are seeing in the video as far as "patches" go are actually spots where I just had a new dog fence put in and also cut a huge trench to keep a bed of pine straw in. Ofcourse when doing that we cut my internet line so needless to say there has been a lot of digging/stress on the lawn in the past few weeks. One of the bare spots early on the vid was actually a septic splash block cover made of concrete.

With regards to the blades potentially being upside down.... that would just blow my mind if they go that wrong at the factory... but I will check that also. I really like most of this machine but if I cant get this figured out then its going back

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Thank you for the info, Jeronimo21!

I did notice quite a bit of damage to the yard in that video.

All decks need to be leveled so the blades cut at the same height across the deck, that is why the instructions are in your operator's manual. Look on pages 22-23 in your manual. Take a look at your video on your big screen TV and you will see all kinds of things that won't appear on stupid smartphones tiny screens. For many areas of your video, the 48 inch deck is way too large to be able to cut evenly. A push reel mower may work much better in smaller areas. Avoid hard turns as that makes the tyres dig into the grass and pull it up by the roots thereby killing it.

Bermuda grass is it's own special animal, er, plant. There are a number of websites detailing the special care required, this is one:
https://www.bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_0002e1.htm
Look at the watering requirements. In your yard, it is very evident that you are not getting the same amount of water distributed evenly across it. Get some test pans out and distribute them around the yard then do a normal run of water to actually see how much you are getting where.
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Ok so the blades are in the right position, they should be lifting vs pushing. So with that theory out I guess I need to level the deck. I just can't see how that would make that much of a difference...
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Jeronimo21: The blades are on the deck correctly. As per the manual, visually determine if the cutting deck appears level when the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure and the tractor is on a level surface.

The reason for the level deck is that you have 3 blades spanning a distance of 48 inches by around 24 inches. This is the area that the blades cut. If the blades are not all in the same plane, each blade will cut at a different height. In taller grass, this is what causes visible streaking. On a level deck, the guide wheels placed around the deck should only occasionally touch the ground and not ride on the ground constantly.
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update: I just talked to the tech that inspected and delivered my machine. He specifically remembered doing mine because they dont stock that model and it was just a few weeks ago. He says the deck has been leveled and tire pressure is all on point.

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Jeronimo21: If you look at the picture #2 in your first post, the guide wheels on the left side are above the bottom lip of the deck and haven't been touched at all. This can further be seen in your last post #10 where in none of the pictures can one see the left guide wheels below the bottom lip of the deck.

The visual indicators on the height setting handle are only there to give you an approximate height setting, they are in no way accurate. You have to actually measure the true distance between the blade and the ground at each setting and adjust the mowing accordingly. It helps to place the actual true distance at each height setting.
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I get a little blowout in the front right side but it stays on the ground. Sometimes that's a sign the bagger is clogged where its connected to the deck.

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Jeronimo21: If you look at the picture #2 in your first post, the guide wheels on the left side are above the bottom lip of the deck and haven't been touched at all. This can further be seen in your last post #10 where in none of the pictures can one see the left guide wheels below the bottom lip of the deck.

The visual indicators on the height setting handle are only there to give you an approximate height setting, they are in no way accurate. You have to actually measure the true distance between the blade and the ground at each setting and adjust the mowing accordingly. It helps to place the actual true distance at each height setting.
I have them in the middle of three height setting. Should I drop them down to the lowest?

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