Riding Mower and Tractor: Poor cut

If your mower leaves the tips of your grass ragged or burned, then you'll need to sharpen or replace the cutting blades. Damaged mandrels, belts or pulleys can cause the mower deck to vibrate, resulting in bad cuts. These repairs can help you get a clean cutting performance from your mower.

These repairs may help solve your Riding Mower and Tractor problem:

Replace the riding mower mandrel assembly

Mandrel assembly

If a noise comes from the mower deck while the riding mower or lawn tractor is running, or if the mower isn't cutting evenly, you might need to replace the riding mower's mandrel assembly.

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Replace the riding mower mower blade

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Replace the riding mower blade belt

Blade belt

The blade belt spins the blades to cut the grass. A worn or broken drive belt won’t spin the cutting blades so your mower won’t cut the grass. Examine the blade belt regularly and replace it if it’s worn or broken.

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Replace the riding mower deck idler pulley

Deck idler pulley

You might need to replace riding mower deck idler pulley if a noise comes from the mower deck when the riding mower or tractor is running, if the belt is loose, or the belt comes off.

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Replace the mower deck on a riding mower

Mower deck

The mower deck houses the cutting blades, mandrel pulleys and blade drive belts. You may see uneven cutting if the mower deck gets damaged because the deck. Severe rust can corrode the deck, causing holes in the deck. Replace the mower deck if it’s damaged or there’s a lot of rust.

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Replace the blade clutch cable

Blade Clutch Cable

The blade clutch cable tightens the blade belt to spin the cutting blades when you shift the blade clutch lever to the engaged position. Blades won't spin when you push the engagement lever if the blade clutch cable is worn or broken. Examine the cable when the blades won't turn. Replace the blade clutch cable if you find it worn or broken.

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