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Clippings not going into catcher...dropping onto lawn

Our lawnmower has just recently started only filling the bag about a 1/4 full and then it starts dropping big clumps of clippings onto the ground. I was advised that the bag may be dirty...so I washed it out and that perhaps the blade was on incorrectly. I know this is a stupid question but...should the beveled edge of the blade be facing the lawnmower deck or the ground? I have tried to find something about this on the internet and from what I've read - the beveled edge should be towards the lawnmower...is that correct (that is how the blade is on the mower now)? I tried to mow again today, but I am having the same issue...bag not filling - the mower dumping in clumps on the ground (under mower as it goes along). I have even tried to go back over the clippings but the same thing keeps happening...what am I doing wrong or what is wrong with our lawn mower??

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  • jdmckay13 Sep 13, 2009

    I have scraped the underside of the deck and the hole that leads to the bag and it doesn't seem to have made any difference.

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Ck the outlet of the deck and any connection between the deck and bag for debis build up.

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