toro mower blade problems

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Old 04-30-14, 02:23 PM
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Angry toro mower blade problems

I have a toro 22 inch recycler mower model # 20067 and am trying to replace the blade for the first time. the parts manual says the blade # is 108-9764-03 which is what I have. However, the blade does not seem to fit-when it turns it hits what I think is called the baffle. I'm inserting a picture of the problem. I do not understand what I am doing wrong. This is the third blade I have bought (ok I had the wrong serial number the first 2 times) and I am ready to pull my hair out. Can someone please help?Name:  IMG_00000308.jpg
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Old 04-30-14, 03:22 PM
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Could it be that the baffle is a mite de-formed. or pulling away from the outer shell a little bit ?

I have a 22" Snapper configured similar to that. I'll go and look at it tomorrow, and see if there's limited clearance in that area.
 
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Old 04-30-14, 08:26 PM
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Sure looks like that baffle is bent.
 
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I checked the baffle for tightness and it looks like the pic from the parts catalog so I don't think it's bent. I appreciate you guys looking at it. I'm stumped


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It would appear that the "baffle" started out being flush to the mower housing along that short area where the left rear wheel is mounted. Maybe it can be bent back, or you can get someone to do a little welding to firm it up.

A brand new blade (especially a Gator Blade like I see in your photo) is going to fit much tighter than an old worn one.

I wonder if the new blade ever rotated counter-clockwise and got hooked on the baffle? Maybe a momentary backfire ?
 
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Old 05-01-14, 07:13 AM
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It's definitely bent Fauxgirl. Look at your drawing and the pics again. The short mounting tabs at the ends of the baffle are supposed to be parallel to the front of the mower deck. Tilt it the other way and look at the other side. Since it only hits one side (as far as we know) that side is bent into the blade path.

Take off the whole baffle and it can probably be flattened and bent back to clearance. I'll bet the front part (where the 3 in the diagram is pointing) is pushed far forward of where it should be. Like someone hit a low stump or similar and then jerked the mower backwards to get it off, bending the front part and the side at the same time.
 
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Old 05-01-14, 09:43 AM
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Get a hammer and knock it out of the way.
 
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Old 05-02-14, 05:54 AM
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I think your blade is on upside down
 
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Thanks guys. I think you may be right. If nothing else I'll hammer it out of the way. I don't really see what it is there for anyway. I"ll let you know how it works out.
 
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Old 05-02-14, 09:47 AM
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The blade is on properly.
 
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Old 05-02-14, 09:48 AM
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Talking problem solved

Thanks to all you smart guys the problem is solved I took the baffle off and as you can see it was bent. I pounded it back and wah lah it works. Who knew all it took was a hammer? Name:  baffle 2.jpg
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Old 05-02-14, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by fauxgirl
". . . I don't really see what it is there for anyway. . ."
THe baffles are there, (usually front and rear) to keep the bulk of the grass clippings from getting out of the circular path of the blade, where they can be pulverized and discharged.

Without the baffle(s), the wet grass will just tend to accumulate inside the housing corners and clump up as a hardened mass.
 
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thanks Vermont, I was wondering why it was there.
 
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Old 05-02-14, 06:10 PM
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It also helps create a vacuum to stand the grass up to cut it. Like a fan shroud.
 
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Cheese is correct I stand corrected
 
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