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Lawnmower dosent bag grass correctly(leaves clumps of grass behind) also doesnt seem to have the power it once did.Not sure whats up.

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  • John C Bridgers Sr May 11, 2010

    Hello sjksov:



    >>Does the Engine Seem to be Turning/Reving the Same as it Usually Does or is it Slower?

    >>Is the Blade Sharp and the Lift (Upturned Area Behind the Sharpened Area) in Good Condition (not Worn Down or Bent)?

    >>Is the Underside of the Deck Clean and Fairly Smooth?

    >>Is the Blade Tight?

    >>Is the Blade Adapter (If applicable)being Held Correctly by the Shaft Key?

    Thanks.



    Respectfully



    jbridger (John)

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    It leaves a line of grass behind it!

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There is a little do dad that fits in the hole that the grass is suppose to come out of called the rear mulching baffle that blocks the hole to the bag... remove it and shuld be ok

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