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Re: How do I lower landscape rake and keep mower up?
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Leave aside all the puffery about 3-1 and such, you described a front wheel drive (pull) walk-behind (FWD), but are asking why the rear wheels won't propel. When you push down the hand grip the front wheels should spin free. Whan you lower from wheels by releasing pressure on hand grips, turning wheels lowered to ground should propel the mower along with its unpowered rear wheels now turning be ground contact. Reminder, never, ever lift rear drive wheels of any mower off the ground while walking behind with engine running:
You could be struck by blade propelled object.
You could pull mower and spinning blade backward onto your feet.
You could lose balance and be pulled forward in a fall.
Contemporary FWD mowers are recognized by a black chain housing on deck top leading from engine to left front of deck. RWD propelling chains are situated underneath deck so cannot be seen from above.
1. Raise attatchment lift lever to its highest position
2. Slide the mower deck under the tractor with deflector shield (grass Chute) to right side of tractor
3. Lower lift lever to its lowest position
4.. Connect the front links to the mower deck and secure with the retainer springs.
5. Connect thye suspension arms to the rear deck brackets and secure with their retainer springs.
6. Connect the anti-sway bar to the chassis bracket and secure with the retainer spring.
7. Push the clutch cable housing guide into the bracket, and slide the collar onto the guide and
secure it with the large retainer spring.
8. Place the flat washer and clutch spring on the idler pulley bolt and secure them with the small
9. Re-install the blade belt onto the engine pulley it goes on.
can you tell me if unit has timmed blades and is the unit a rear catching unit ?
be sure engine speed is correct most applications this between 3400-3600 rpm
if unit has timmed blades - be sure that the blades are timmed correctly , and the correct blade is on correct side
if not timmed be sure blades are sharp and balanced , make sure the wing turn up is ok ( blade speed and turn up creates air velocity)
make mandrell vents are clear if unit has them , make deck belt is not slipping, and is not damaged
make sure deck belt tension is correct
make sure pulley splines are ok and are fixed tightly to spindle shafts and keys are in place
make sure the catcher vents or bag are clear and air can flow through,
lastly be sure that the deck is set level side to side and the deck has between 5 - 10 mm rake that is the height of front of the deck is 5- 10 mm lower than the rear of the deck
and the deck lifts up evenly
note let me know model and spec number of ride on mower
will try and help further if this info does not help
make sure the blades are not bent , and stay the same hieight while rotating , ( do this while engine is stopped and plug disconnected your will have to physically look underneath - ie use a block and tackle to lift front end while you look physically turn them and try to make them move up and down / sideways and look for any un eveness in blade tracking
make sure the mandrell housing bearings are ok not loose
if mandrells brgs or spindles are bent they will need replacing
make spindles are not bent ?
make sure tyre pressures are 15 psi fr and 10 psi rear
make sure the the distance from floor to btm edge of r/h side of deck is the same as the l/h side adjust one or other until you have same measurement use tape measure ( this is side to side level )
then make sure you have rear edge of deck at the mid point about 5 mm higher than the front edge ( this is the rake ), adjust using the front draft arms or front lift link
make sure deck lifts evenly , you should see arms or lift links that connect to deck on l/h and r/h sides and at the front these will have some form of adjustment so deck can be levelled and rake set
if need let me know make and model and year and deck size of machine and i will try help further
the Rake adjustment is critical on this mower make sure the front to back is within 1/4 inch of each other with front being the lower this adjustment is on the front if its a single rod the bracket that attaches it to steering axle is probably sprung back this happens from running the mower into something with the deck.
Park the tractor on a firm, level surface. . . At the lower end of the lift/lower travel slot, there should be a plastic cover which you pop up so that your blade lift handle goes all the way down (it should say something about blade level on there somewhere. . . . . After you have the handle in this position, look at the front lift arms of the mower deck and find the 2 large wing nuts, one on each side. . . . . Loosen these while the deck is down and then retighten them Your deck is now level and will lift to its highest recommended position when you raise the lever
Park the tractor on a firm, level surface. . .
At the lower end of the lift/lower travel slot, there should be a plastic cover which you pop up so that your blade lift handle goes all the way down (it should say something about blade level on there somewhere. . . . .
After you have the handle in this position, look at the front lift arms of the mower deck and find the 2 large wing nuts, one on each side. . . . .
Loosen these while the deck is down and then retighten them Your deck is now level
The deck lift lever normally wont start lifting until you pull back at least half way.Ther are 2 sets of wires that go under the fender deck,one set goes to the seat switch and the other set goes to the neutral start switch next to the shift lever,just in front of the seat.The neutral start switch wires more than likley came loose when you pulled fender deck off.The micro switch is on the back side of plate that surrounds shift lever.
Make sure the mower rake angle is not too much,On level floor point one of the blades in a front rear orientation,measure height of blade from floor the front measurement should be no more than 1/4" lower than the rear measurement.If the front of the mower is too low the angle the belt has to run is too much and the belt will twist and wear rap[idly.To raise the front of the deck there are either one or two adjustment rods that attach the front of mower deck to frame tighten this adjustment up to raise the front of mower deck.
1-----------tire pressure? 14 front 10 rear
start with a level mower on a level surface
2------------deck level side to side?
3------------deck level front to back? (front can be 3/8 lower than back)
4-----------deck hangers bent or hung up?
5------------blades even when pointing at each other? no more than 1/8 high or low
6------------blades dull or upside down? turned up ends go towards deck
7---------------incorrect blades for mower?
8------------deck lifting mechanism should pick up deck evenly and drop evenly?
9-----------under the deck need cleaning because it is packed with grass?