Massey 8 Mowing Problems?
Posted June 10, 2013 - 10:10 PM
Posted June 10, 2013 - 11:48 PM
Check the front hanger?
Posted June 13, 2013 - 06:41 PM
Ok, so I mowed a couple of strips around the garden and the deck is cutting at an angle, sloping towards the chute side. Discussed it with my grandma today and she remembered it doing that. She said thats why they quit using it. So, any ideas??? I think I might try drilling lower holes for the rear deck roller.
Posted June 13, 2013 - 08:20 PM
Put the tractor on a smooth flat surface, driveway or concrete pad,
Lower the deck all the way down and measure between the blade tips and the ground.
I use a deep socket, 2-1/2" to 3" long instead of a tape measure.
Should be the same height all the way around or 1/4" lower at the front compared to the back but side to side the same.
The adjusters at the front of the deck raise / lower the front of the deck.
The roller at the back sets the rear of the deck and side to side height.
Also rear tire pressure needs to be the same for both tires, doesn't matter if you set them at 10lbs or 20 lbs as long as both are the same. Affects side to side cutting height a bit.
Edited by DH1, June 13, 2013 - 08:23 PM.
- Craig. said thank you
Posted June 13, 2013 - 08:27 PM
I have the deck approximately1/3 of the way down when mowing.
When cutting grass the deck needs to be ALL the way down, lift handle ALL the way forward, so it runs on the roller, that's what sets the cutting height.
If you cut with the deck up a bit deck might not be lifting equally both sides and cut lower on the heavy side.
Posted June 13, 2013 - 10:36 PM
ok. I drilled the hole on the chute side so the roller could be a bit lower and it did much better. If I lower the handle ALL the way, then I need to adjust the front of the deck a lot! Now if the handle has to be all the way down, then why does it have notches for different notches? Just thinking. Anyone ever seen the add-on deck wheels that were available for taller cutting heights? Could they be made???
Posted June 15, 2013 - 12:53 PM
I may have solved the crooked mowing problem!!!!! The bracket thats on the chute side that holds the roller was bent and cracking away from the deck, thus causing the problem. Thanks for all the responses! It was staring me in the face and I wasnt even paying attention! lol
- MH81 said thank you
Posted June 15, 2013 - 01:20 PM
Excellent! I had taken some photos yesterday of my deck but hadn't up loaded them yet. When you talked about drilling holes, I knew something must be off.
- pwombles said thank you
Posted June 16, 2013 - 06:15 AM
Ok, this is the only shot I got.
My deck had a similar issue with the damage at the bottom of the deck. I put a peice of angle iron on and bolted it to the top of the deck to re-enforce the thing. Also, the solid metal roller which was original equipment was damaged, so I put individual rollers on. The smaller wooden rollers are there mostly as spacers, then on the outside where the support is the strongest, I put some John Deere rollers as they are actually larger than the original roller. All the way up, it is about 3.5 inches which is where I want to be cutting my fescue.
Again, glad you found your problem, hope some of what you see here might help.