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Hi all,

I am a new JD D140 owner from Australia. I have a couple of questions if I may.

My main issue is a 'striping' effect when cutting at a higher setting. At first I thought it was due to the deck NOT being level, so I levelled the deck, but the problem is still the same.

The problem is LESS obvious if I cut at a height of 1.5inches (but this is too short). The problem is MORE obvious the higher I cut. Please see the photo below, which I think I cut on about 2.5 - 3 inches.

The centre blade is definitely spinning, and definitely mounted the correct way!

I sent the following photo to the dealer, and their response was it is due to the 'type of material' I am cutting, e.g. a very dry spindly type of paddock grass (not lawn).

Their suggestion has been to try some "high-lift" blades instead of the normal ones. I have not yet tried this though.

http://picpaste.com/photo-CAW0LaHy.JPG

Id be interested in anyone's thoughts/suggestions on this.

Lastly, I am confused about the home maintenance kits! According to the manual it says the home maintenance kit for the D140 is: LG263. However, according to my dealer this is incorrect, and there is no kit available yet for the D140! Is there somewhere I can get an actual list of the part numbers in the LG263 home maintenance kit so I can check for myself?

Thanks very much.
 

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That picture doesn't show much detail, so maybe I'm missing something, but all that I can see in that picture is that the center grass is as tall as it was cut, and the grass to either side was mashed down by the rear tires and didn't spring back up, probably due to it being too dry to rebound very well.

The main USA John Deere web site also lists LG263 as being the proper home maintenance kit for the D140.The title for that kit says that it's for the LA100 series, but further down the page it says

Fits:
LA135, LA145
Z425 with serial number below 040,001
D130 (ENGINE 407777-0283-G1), D140 (ENGINE 407777-0283-G1)

It doesn't list the individual part numbers for the components that are included in the kit though. It just says "Includes air, fuel, oil filters, (2) quarts of oil, and spark plug(s)".
 

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Unless there is something other than what the picture shows, your grass is dry and the tires are mashing it down. Nothing to be concerned about
 

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I don't know if this might apply to your D140, but I remember reading a thread about a three bladed deck on another type mower that was cutting poorly in the middle.
Apparently the belt was routed incorrectly so that the center blade was turning backwards.
Good Luck.
 
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