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When I mow, it leaves a stip of grass in the area of the middle of the deck. It does not leave a clean area after you pass.

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Is blade need sharping and are you doing this when the grass is wet ore raining

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Why does it bog down in grass maybe 6 " high?


The likely cause of this is that the grass is too high for your mowers deck. You should try just mowing about 1/3 of the blade at a time (if you can) until you reach your desired length, so if you grass is 6" high, only take off about 2" at first to reduce the stress on your mower. Set your mower deck to it's highest setting and give it a shot.

Also, be sure that the blades are sharp, and if you don't have mulching blades, you should get some! Grass this high will leave long clippings on the lawn which can suffocate the grass, mulching blades will chop up the clippings into smaller pieces, which is beneficial for your lawn!

Finally, make sure you aren't mowing wet grass. If you mow when the grass is wet the clippings can stick together and clump up under the mowing deck which will cause excess strain to the mower and maybe even cause it to shut off.

If none of this works, you may want to use a string trimmer to remove the first two inches of your grass and then continue mowing as normal!

Hope this helps! Happy Mowing!

Aug 03, 2015 | Garden

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<span> <ul> <li>Be sure to completely read the safety information contained in the operator's manual.</li> <li>Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.</li> <li>Tragic accidents can occur with children.</li> <li>Do not allow children anywhere near the area of operation.</li> <li>Children are often attracted to the unit and mowing activity.</li> <li>Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them.</li> <li>If there is a risk that children may enter the area where you are mowing, have another responsible adult watch them.</li> <li>The blades on mowers spin very fast and can pick up and throw debris that could seriously injure a bystander.</li> <li>Be sure to clean up the area to be mowed before you start mowing.</li> <li>Do not operate a lawnmower with the discharge guard (reflector) or engine grass catcher installed.</li> <li>The Mower Deck has spinning mowers blades that can amputate hands and feet.</li> <li>Do not allow anyone near the mower while it is running.</li> <li>Always allow the mower blade(s) to stop completely before leaving the mower's operator position.</li> <li>Always turn off mower when crossing a sidewalk or a driveway.</li></ul></span>

on Apr 02, 2011 | Garden

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I have a John Deere LA105 Riding Mower and when I mow it leaves a strip of grass in the middle. Left and right sides are cutting fine. I have taken the blades off and shaarpened them and have leveled...


jack the tractor (using a tractor jack) or remove the deck, measure the blade tips against each other where they meet in the center of the deck and see if they are the same tip to tip. Bearing wear, a bent deck or blade can make them cut at different heights in the center.

Sep 25, 2012 | Craftsman 42 in. Deck 19.5hp Lawn Tractor

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During mowing grass will gather underside of deck leaving 2 streaks on r and l if you turn deck off grass will fall out of deck before restarting u need tgo move or mower will stall from grass build up...


There are a couple of things going on here. First, the blades are likely worn out and need replaced. As they wear and loose some length they can leave a trail. Second, if you have regular blades on a deck configured (by having discharge plugged) for mulching and you are using regular blades, then you can have a problem with build up. Third, you can have clumping problems if the grass is not dry when you are mowing.

I hope this is helpful for you.

Aug 24, 2011 | Ariens 48" Riding Lawn Mower Blade ...

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Cuts uneven, lawn looks terrible. Missing half


Are your blades upside down? Mower deck level?Proper air pressure all 4 tires?Correct blades for the diameter of cut? Deck bent? Deck hangers bent?

May 28, 2010 | Garden

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My cub cadet 1042 leaves a stip down the center when mowing. I have new blades put on by the dealer and this seems to be an ongoing problem.


I had the same. design of the deck is not good. grass will build up and insolate (like a donut) the blade from cutting the immediate blades. FIX - replace custom blades with "Gator Blades and the claws will free up the cluster of interferances of grass, kick it out, thus allowing the blade free space to cut the immediates blades of grass.

Hope this helps as it was my last trial of fixes. IT DOES WORK.

J THOMAS

Apr 26, 2010 | Cub Cadet Street Sign- tractor lawn riding...

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I have a Craftsman Lawn tractor. Blade leaves grass uncut.


Hi Tom,
Check your spindle shafts for loose play. If your bearings are worn out and sloppy, the belts pull the spindle to one side and an angle cut results... close cut grass at outer edge and high in center will leave this grass trail you are describing. I'd replace the bearings next year for sure.
I hope this helps... Good luck!

Oct 04, 2009 | Garden

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Leaving streaks of grass in middle of mower


Your forward speed may be too fast for the mower blades to cut every blade of grass. It may be new, but check the deck to see if there are any dents pushing the quill assemblies up making the deck cut uneven. Or it may have the wrong blades on it.
I have seen this problem in the past with a Gravely mower. The person was trying to cut grass to fast. He sold the unit and the new onwer did not noticed any the problems the old owner described.

Sep 25, 2009 | Husqvarna Lawn Tractor 48" Deck, 23 Hp,...

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48 inch deck problems


a lot of problems here.try this.[grass buildup]. usually cause by damp grass or blades not going fast enough to throw into box.engine cutout is then caused by grass jamming blade[s]. backfire is usually too much choke or wrong petrol/air mixture.re bent grass.try cutting driving in reverse[if strip is wide cos of back tyre then blade is uneven.]

Jul 21, 2009 | Husqvarna Lawn Tractor 48" Deck, 23 Hp,...

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A row of uncut grass left between blaces when mowing


THE answer that FINALLY worked for me. Torque the bolt that holds on the blade to the recommended torque specified in your owners manual (for my Exmark this torque is 120 ft-lbs). When I first used the torque wrench, i was quite surprised by the amount of addional force I needed to apply to reach 120 ft-lbs Exmark blades have a round blade hole with a washer and therefore, relies only on friction provided by torquing bolt to the proper torque to prevent slippage so that the blade rotates at the same speed as the spindle. When slippage between the blade and spindle occurs, blade tip speed slows leaving uncut grass.
Note: this solution will NOT work for mowers with a blade and spindle design which uses a positive means (e.g., a star shaped hole on the blade) that assures the blade rotates at the same speed as the spindle with no slippage.

Jun 15, 2009 | Craftsman 20 Hp 42" Deck Lawn Tractor

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