Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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The highest deck setting cuts my grass down to one inch.

How can I raise my deck higher?

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Leveling bolts hang from each side deck by frame...tightened up and level...will give you some more room....be sure the blades are not bent.

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First make sure all the tires have the same pressure of air.

Then I would measure how much the one side of the deck is higher than the other. Then I would look under the tractor and there should be a horrozontal bar atatching to the deck and a bar coming down from the mower into this bar. usually there is a nut on the bottom than can be tighened or loosened to raise or lower the deck on that side.

There might also be a nob on the tractor that shows a picture of tall grass being cut, if you turn that that might also raise or lower the deck on either side.

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Even on the highest setting, it still cuts too low. can i adjust it to cut higher?


When you put it in the highest setting can you see the deck actually moving in an upward direction? If not the linkage might be broken or damaged. When you raise the deck up or down with the lever it should move, a deck setting in the full up position is a pretty high setting you have to have some long grass to be cutting in the full up position and still think its to short. You might be able to reposition the deck, if when you look under the unit you see a bracket that controls the deck height setting that has a number of holes in it(maybe even 2 brackets), there should be a pin(s) in one of the holes this could be set in a low position and therefore you can change position to change height of deck.

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Deck not high enough


Assuming this is a Craftsman, there is an adjustment for height, but mainly just for leveling purposes. There is a nut on each side in the center of the hanger and unless these are all the way to the bottom end, it's not going to raise the deck that high. I would look carefully at the deck hanger mechanism on each side. Something is obviously not right. Has it always been like this, or did you just get the mower? You can go to.. http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action Then enter the model number that's under the seat, hit search, then scroll down to Lift Assembly for a look at how it is set up. I have seen broken hanger rods as well as a broken weld on the lift handle where it's attached to the cross shaft. Hope this helps..

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