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We have a John Deere Lawn Mower model number L118. It is cutting uneven on one side. One blade cuts fine but the left one scalps on one side and leaves a long rough cut on the left side. We put on new blades, but that didn't help. What else could be wrong?

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Check if blades are even ! other than that ...hummm

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • ralph_bruce Jul 11, 2011

    Check to see if the blades are mounted right, seems like the other blade is upside down, if blades are correct check your tire pressure, uneven tire pressure will make your cut extremely uneven..

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