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You got a bent spindle shaft,or a timing belt issue,or the wrong blades on the unit !

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If the blades are hitting each other then they are no longer correctly timed. there is a toothed timing belt under the plastic cover on top of the cutter deck,you will need to slacken the belt and reposition blades so one is horizontal and one is vertical then tighten up the timing belt

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Sounds like a possible bent shaft to me as well. If hitting is the only issue I would simply align the blades,loosen one blade,turn it slightly(two blade widths) so they don't touch, and retighten

Posted on Mar 19, 2015

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    cant do that with the blade adapter

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