grass strip down the middle


Old 06-12-07, 06:20 PM
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grass strip down the middle

On my Craftsman riding lawnmower I have been getting a grass strip down the middle of my cut. Would excessive grass chippings under the deck cause this problem? If this is a factor, how would it cause the strip of grass?
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Old 06-12-07, 07:34 PM
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Well it wouldn't hurt to clean the mower deck, but it's my experience that a strip in the middle is a result of a pulley/spindle problem. Reach under the deck and grab a blade. See if it rocks back and forth (repeat with other blade) If it rocks even a little, you may have to change the bearings.
You should sharpen your blades too.

Uneven tire pressure may also cause a strip in the middle.

Take a look at this thread. It might help.
Old 06-12-07, 11:56 PM
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Other possibilities could be worn blades in need of replacement (ends of the blades worn off), or blades on upside down.

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