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Improving Mower Traction on a Slope

Some of my yard is sloped. I mow it across the slope, not up or down the slope. Even though I do this, I still have difficulty with the rear wheel drive mower slipping down the slope. Since I mow wearing baseball cleat shoes, I thought cleats would be helpful on the mower. I bought a pack of Hillman Self-Drilling screws with a hex head at Lowes. I choose #10x5/8" and used a hex head wrench to screw them into the drive wheel tires. See photo. Now my mower never slips on the slope. I choose not to engage drive wheels while on concrete driveway and sidewalk in order to preserve the studs.

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deck not level from right to left side


Makes and models vary considerably. However there are some things which apply to every unit. First check that your tyres are evenly inflated. If you have even slight slopes the lower side will press into the grass more and so cut deeper leaving a line. If the tyres are soft this is exaggerated. Best where possible to mow up and down slope. Next park on a flat surface like you garage floor. Carefully measure the distance from the outside of the mower deck to the floor. Measure the deck height with the unit in the cutting position. Best to do this on the rear edge of the deck where it just starts to be straight across the back. On two spinner decks, one is in front of the other so they can over lap without hitting each other. This means that the distance from the rear wheels can be different on either side. Three spinner units usually have the centre one in front. The deck swings up and down from the front attachment yoke. So the front of the deck will not rise as much as the rear. There are hangers which are lifted by the pedal which lifts the deck. If the distance to the floor is unequal, adjust the hanger threads until they hang evenly. I have not yet experienced a spring in any mower hangers.

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Engine growing black smoke


Usually this is a sign of oil being in the ignition chamber. Check the oil level, if too high drain and refill to proper level. Also if you have hills or slopes in your yard make sure that you are mowing up and down not across. If you must mow across the slope make sure to do it with the oil to the downward side. Caution if you do this too often the engine will be deprived of oil all together and seize up.

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Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mower 2008.. has been in shop three times for same problem. When on an incline and you engage and disengage the clutch/brake you hear a metal grinding noise and the mower lurches forward. Also clutch slips. slow in pulling froward and sometimes if on an incline wont' back up at all. Tighten the clutch spring and helped for short period of time.


if they have been adjusting it for you this many times they have done it wrong and have ruined the clutch face plate material by letting it slip and sand off the facing material,now its down to the metal back plate and its now metal to metal,you need to have the clutch replaced soon or your going to ruin more drive components

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My mower will not pull up steep yards it slips


The mower is not designed, nor was it ever intended to have enough power to pull itself up any slippery grassy slope of about more than 5 degrees. The wheels do not have enough traction, nor weight above them to drive them into the ground, which is where any traction would come from and would dig up your lawn.

Solution: Mow across the hill sideways.

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