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
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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Tom, Grass chutes get rough on the inner walls of chute over time, try to wipe/scrub inner chute the best you can. After thoroughly clean and dry, try and wax and buff inner chute with car wax the best you can, so chute will be a little more slippery and expel grass better. You may have to do this once or twice a season. Good Luck.
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This is going to be something custom-tailored to your equipment set up as well as your turf/landscape.
These things are never a perfect system, either, so keep that in mind, too. First, I'd go to your blades. You want to make sure you have enough lift to send clippings up the chute efficiently, but little enough to not try to overpower that same chute.
My run-of-the-mill blades have too much lift at first to be used with a collection system on any brand of my mowers. I have to run them a good week or two before they'll grind down to a reasonable level. After that, they run for another month or so just fine.
What kind of grass are you cutting? My suggestions are best suited for Northeast Florida and the grasses that are common here. Your situation is different at least in some way, so expect different resultes.
A very common problem since mowers were made noise compliant, to collect grass you need draught, this is produced by putting a large wing on the ends of the blades and having a high engine speed, unfortunatly large wings and high engine speeds mean high noise, so today the wings are very small and the engine revs low, this leads to low draught and grass blockage, you need to keep the under side of the deck clean and free from old grass clippings, make sure the machine is fitted with collection blades, not mulch blades, i cannot tell you to increase the engine revs, however if for some unknow reason the engine were to start reving higher it would help.
I too have had that same problem. I found that "old" blades when repeatidly sharpened and worn will cause the same problem, also aftermarket blades instead of original manufactures recommended blades may not be dimensionally correct, too short. I have had to go back to using original blades to correct the problem.
This should work for you.
You didn't mention how old the tractor is, but if the tractor has been used for several seasons I would suggest draining the transaxle and cleaning the filter. Refill the transaxle with fresh hydrostatic oil and a seal conditioner.
Many times as the tranaxle components wear the metal shavings collect around the pumps sump filter and begin to restrict fluid intake. As the mower is in use the metal particals that are circulating in the oil collect on the filter, it slowly begins to plug of the supply and the tractor stops.
True Mulching mowers have a specific deck design to them, but I would say yes to your question.It's been quite a few years, but I have done this little conversion myself - replace regular blade with a mulching blade. Just make sure the mulch blade does fit your mower. Also, use something substantial in terms of strength to close the discharge opening. There can be a good deal of force placed at the opening from flying debris. You'll also want to make the cover removable, so you can mow damp grass without the cover.