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Duel blades on craftsman riding mower cut unevenly

I have a model 917.255430 riding craftsman mower.  After cutting the lawn, there are lines in the lawn and it is obvious that one or both blades are cutting at an angle rather than straight across.  There is a strip of higher grass left after cutting.  I thought it might be because blades needed sharpening but the problem still exists after sharpening.  If the blades are not level, how do I fix?

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  • barrysndi Jul 22, 2009

    Thanks for the help. The tires did need inflating and the problem is about 90% solved. There still are some indications that the blades are not cutting completely evenly butI am happy with the results.

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Its not the tires it is the blades don't line up.One blade is three-quarters of an inch lower.Is there a shim for the star fitting.

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Check the front tire air pressures then for a bent blade

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