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Tractor mower failing to collect grass

I just acquired a used tractor mower, only 3 years old. The grass collection sometimes works perfectly (I get an alarm when the bag is full) but, more often, fails abysmally, leaving all the grass behind. I cannot see any seal failures....it looks as though the bag is clicking into place very snugly.
I have the grass height set very low. The problem is worse when the grass is longer (I see long lines of left grass where I know it's been growing at its longest). What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help you can give me
Sorry I had to choose a pressure washer...there was no match for my lawn tractor, which is a HONDA 2417 HTE

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Ok i need to know what kind of collection sys. you have.if there is an electric blower type system it may be that the blower isn't working. if the system works by the blade blowing the grass up the chute then you may want to check the blades to see if the up turned tabs on the back of the blades are still there and not broken off. also if your mowing too fast the chute gets clogged and the grass just balls up onder the deck ubtil rolled out.if a blower type set up check to see if there is a fuse to the blower motor.

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