How often should I mow? What are some tips for better mowing?



How often should I mow? 
The average is once a week and avoid mowing when grass is wet. It also depends on the natural growth pattern of the grass.

Why does my grass look so scraggly? 
The most common cause is dull mower blades. The average time blades are sharpened is once a month. Blades may need to be sharpened every other week if you have a coarse grass like Bahia.

What if my mower deck cuts unlevel? 
Follow instructions on leveling your deck. Always refer to the Owner's Manual that was shipped with the product for any adjustment information.

What if my mower cuts ragged or uneven?

  • Remove any accumulation of grass clippings from underside of mower deck housing.

  • Make sure blades are sharp and in good condition (not bent or incorrectly mounted).

  • Check blade mounting bolt(s). Blade bolts(s) must be tight.

  • Check mower deck level adjustment.

  • Check blade belt tension per manual. Adjust if necessary.

  • Check quill assembly(s) for damage or wear. Replace if necessary.

  • Check for possible damage to mower deck housing. Repair or replace if necessary.

  • Check pivot tube assembly for damage. If bent or damaged, repair or replace.

  • Check deck wheels being run on ground.

 

What if my mower leaves uncut strip between blades?

  • Mowing a heavy stand of grass or excessively wet grass could allow mower to leave an uncut strip. Do not mow wet grass.

  • Forward speed should be adjusted to mowing conditions by transmission lever. Engine should be at full throttle.

  • Make sure blades are sharp and in good condition. Replace if necessary.

  • Check blade tension. Adjust if necessary.

  • Check quill assembly(s) for damage or wear. Replace if necessary.

  • Check for possible damage to mower deck housing. Repair if necessary.

 

What if my mower scalps the lawn?

  • Check mower height adjustment setting and readjust if needed. Scalping is more likely on rough or uneven lawns.

  • Check for possible damage to mower deck housing. Repair or replace if necessary.

  • Check for bent blade(s) or quill assembly(s). Replace if necessary.

  • Check mower deck level adjustment.

  • Check for damaged mower deck wheels.

 

What if my mower will not discharge clippings?

  • Remove any accumulation of grass clipping from underside of mower housing deck.

  • Wet conditions can cause the discharge chute and underside of mower deck to become plugged with clippings. Do not mow wet grass.

  • Forward speed should be adjusted to mowing conditions by transmission lever. Engine should be at full throttle.

  • When mowing tall grass, make first cutting in high position, then re-cut at normal cutting height.

  • Check blade tension. Adjust if necessary.

  • If blade(s) have been replaced, make sure they have been correctly mounted.

 



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