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Why does my riding mower scalp the yard even when i have the deck raised all the way up. have new spindles and blades recently. have removed deck and reinstalled but still nothing has helped.

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Check your tire pressure when your on it it will be lower

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Stephen Bent/damage blade or spindle, check your deck for support link pin missing, damaged or rusted out brackets, blade spindle loose/mount damages or rusted out, missing deck support spring,wheel/roller if equipped, damaged blades, Recheck tire pressure and front steering axles for bent/damage, etc.
When measuring deck for level, measure at blade tips not the deck on a flat level surface. Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck
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Hi Terri:
How many blades on your cutter deck?
Seems logical that something on the right side is allowing the deck to be lower than on the left. Try parking it on a level flat surface (concrete driveway maybe) and WITH THE ENGINE OFF, lay next to the deck and have a helper raise and lower it. look at the linkages and try to see how they function, and look for a chain or metal bar with a hole in the end that is not connected. Find one, figure out what to connect it to, and you'll be cutting like a good thing.
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I suggest that you should remove deck, turn upside down and place straight edge or tight string line over blades from outer edges of deck frame. Use the guide strips to get even measurement. Rotate blades and measure distance from straight edge to tips at both sides. they should be the same. If there is difference from one side to the other, either the blades are bent, or if each blade is same at each end but not aligned in centre (difference in height) then the spindles need packing to make them even. Check that bearings are not loose. If you do not understand this best to take it to service centre.

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I have a 15.5 hp Craftsman Riding Mower with a 42" deck, the mower now leaves a 3inch strip between the blades and I blade cuts the grass lower on one side (scalping)

As for the stripe, you will need to change the blades, they are worn out, if not damaged outright. As for the cutting the grass lower on one side, since you are changing the blades, remove the deck and inspect the spindle/mandrel on the troublesome side paying close attention to the ears that the bolts that mount it go into, you may well find that one of them is cracked. If so, replace it. The spindle/mandrel cost a little over $60.

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Your tires could need air, especially if it does the scalping while in a hard turn. The spindle could be cracked or the deck could be unlevel. Unless you hit something with the blades recently, I would check tire pressure first.

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