How do you adjust a riding mower deck?

Why is my mower cutting lower on one side?

If the deck on your lawn tractor is lower on one side than the other, the result is an uneven cut. Leveling your tractor’s deck periodically smooths out your lawn. It only takes a few minutes and just a couple of common tools to level your lawn tractor deck.

What causes a riding lawn mower to cut uneven?

Uneven cutting is wavy or smooth troughs in the lawn surface. Uneven cutting is usually caused by mower deck damage or misadjustment.

Uneven Cutting.

CAUSE SOLUTION
Mower spindle is bent or loose Repair or replace the spindle
Blades are installed incorrectly Reinstall the blades correctly

What height should a mower deck be set at?

For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch, or height difference of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the front of the deck to the back of the deck. Naturally, this makes the sweet spot about 1/4-inch of pitch, depending on the mower model.

Should the mower deck wheels touch the ground?

Mower deck gauge wheels should be properly adjusted to prevent scalping grass on uneven terrain. The bottom of the wheels should sit approximately 1/8-1/2 of an inch from the ground, depending on your cutting height.

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How much do you overlap when mowing?

For even coverage, it’s best to overlap each pass by at least three inches. It’s better to overlap than look back and see strips of grass that you missed.

Which side of a lawn mower blade goes up?

The wings of the lawn mower blade will be oriented up toward the mower deck and any writing on the blade will likely be facing away from the deck. If the blade bolt comes with a washer, its concave side will be facing the blade.

Should front of mower deck be lower than back?

This is normal for most mowers. The front of the mower deck should be lower than the back. The reason is you only want the blade to cut the grass once. If the blade were level, the drag of the grass on the blade would bog the engine down or take more power to do the same amount of work.

What is the best height to cut grass?

Taller grass also shades the ground, slowing weed growth and water loss from the soil. The ideal length of your lawn depends on your climate, but most experts agree you should keep your grass between 2 1/2 inches to three inches long, with the last cut of the season remaining the same.

Is a mower deck supposed to be level?

Your riding lawn mower deck is properly leveled when both blade tip measurements taken earlier are equal. Retighten the hex bolt once the proper deck adjustment is complete. To adjust the mower deck from front to rear, make sure the tire pressure is set (refer to owner’s manual for appropriate tire pressure).

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