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Uneven cut, seems like it misses spots. new blades.

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Sounds like the belts are slipping on the deck. Wheneve it gets overloaded it skips? Check under the deck and see if there is anything that the grass can be catching on and keep it from flying out the discharge shoot. And see if there is anything on the belts. Like oil from something leaking, Lots of grass built up under the shieldsl Or if there is lots of grass build up keeping the tensionor pulley from tightning up the belty all of the way.

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It's usually a bent blade, or a bent or loose deck, or a guide wheel or roller missing. It can occasionally be even a dull blade that pushes the grass over rather than cutting it. If the other blade(s) is sharp, it will cut at the correct length and you'll see an unevenness between the two.

Park it on a flat, smooth surface. A paved driveway or sidewalk works well. Check your wheels and/or rollers on the deck. Are they all touching the ground? Are they loose and wobbling? If nothing is obvious yet, take a tape measure and check the height of the bottom edge of the deck in several spots. They should be all close to the same measurement. If it has different measurements, there is usually a slotted adjustment where you can loosen the adjuster, make the correction, and tighten it up again.

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