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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!
To prevent rust, make sure you get wet grass off of the lawn mower every time you mow. Once every 3 uses, apply a light oil with a rag on every metal surface that comes in contact with moisture. If your paint chips, paint over the spot immediately to prevent corrosion.
Moisture is the biggest enemy for outdoor equipment. Lawn mowers can last decades if you protect and prevent.
if you look under lawn mower were the deck attachs you will see the adjustment rods unhook one at a time to adjust ether screw the rod in or out do this on a driveway so you can measure with the tape measure how for you or lifting deck and can match hight on both sides
Mowing the lawn is a necessary chore throughout the growing season. It prevents your landscape from looking unkempt and keeps your home looking nice and neat. How well your lawnmower works can make a huge difference in how you perceive this task. If the mower runs well and does what it is supposed to, then the job might not seem too onerous, but if your mower stops every time it gets hot, then it can turn a job that should only take a little while into an all-day affair. There are a few reasons why your lawnmower might stall after warming up
if you have ever mowed your lawn when it was wet, you might have formed a clog in the pipes to the clipping catcher. Make sure that the mower is OFF (so you don't chop off your hands) and take a look at the bottom of the mower -- if there is a lot of grass stuck there, you probably have a clog. Clean out the grass from the bottom of the mower, and remove the bag. Make sure that the opening from the base of the lawnmower to the bag is totally clear and give it another shot.
If it is not this, are the clippings just clumping up on the ground as you mow the lawn? or are they being thrown around the yard like they have no direction as to where to go?
If the connection between the mower and the bag are clear, and the grass is just clumping as you cut it, there might be some sort of blockage that you did not notice, keeping the clippings from going where they are supposed to. Make sure you have your bag hooked up properly, and that the clippings have a clear path to the bag. If there is still no love on it, you will probably have to see a repair professional so they can give it a good look (it's tough to resolve complex issues over the internet).
If the grass is not clumping when cut, but is being tossed in all directions instead of being directed to the bag, then you will have to take it in for service -- this would seem to indicate that the mower blades have somehow become distorted and the air flow that you need (to direct the clippings) is not being directed properly. A professional repair person would have to have a chance to see the mower in action to find out what is wrong (once again, it's difficult to fix something you can't see). Good luck ... hopefully it's just a clog (it happens to me all the time).