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AndoTheMando
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New Mower Time (Giddy Up)
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I have a brand new turfmaster sitting in my shed, its a demo machine I picked it up today and it hasn't cut a lawn

I was very impressed and looking forward to cutting a few lawns with it , first lawn set the height to the lowest setting and it didn't touch the grass , very disappointed with that , it seems like a great mower it is heavy and it did cut a lawn that is left longer that I do but its just not realistic for my business .

I looked at the specs and its lowest height is 1.5 inches while the timemaster is 1.25 inches it needs to go down to at least an inch for me.

Ando what height settings are you using

 

I am really peed off because I can see the potential of the mower

 

I will take it back tomorrow

Urggg...I'm sorry to hear that Mark...  you must be doing some really short lawns.. 

My main height is "E"..  which is comparable to 6 or 7 on the 216

my shortest lawns are cut on 'D" which is around 5 on the 216...

my thickest get cut on "F"..  and thats like 8 on the 216.. 

I cut mainly buffalo and Kikuyu .. 


Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:25 PM

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mine is an older model

A = sky

most cuts are D or E

G = ground

 

front and rear are independent settings

plus when you cut short lawns if the ground isn't perfectly flat the chassis can drag on the ground and get beached on a bit of a rise...   the Yanks dont cut short..  who cuts on "A" ??  you can lay under the mower at that height....lol  


Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:35 PM

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most lawns around 4 5 or 6 on the honda , some couch lawns a bit lower its just a shame because I like the mower, its a great motor the kawasaki

 

yeah all these mowers are made for the yanks they cut high we cut low , but they are on weekly cuts 


Posted 03 April 2019 - 04:46 PM

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most lawns around 4 5 or 6 on the honda , some couch lawns a bit lower its just a shame because I like the mower, its a great motor the kawasaki

 

yeah all these mowers are made for the yanks they cut high we cut low , but they are on weekly cuts 

I'm surprised you didn't get a cut with those heights mate...  I have a few that I would cut 4 on the Honda and i get a great cut on D..  or even C..    but in saying that...its not really a Couch mower...  its great for Buff and Kik


Posted 03 April 2019 - 07:00 PM

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Ok..so I did the H/D pulley upgrade...  and they difference in pulleys is night and day...  The H/D upgrade kit is exactly that ...Heavy duty mofo..  the pulleys are solid lumps of steel and quality bearings are used..

anyone who does this be careful not to over tighten any bolts as I done ...  I stripped a thread in the cast alloy deck and the Heli coil repair kit cost me $90 ..  it was so expensive because it was Imperial....if it had of been metric..  i could have fixed it for $30 ..  Gotta love Americans snubbing their nose at the Metric system .. 

and most importantly...do not over tighten the adjustment on the cogged belt....less is more

 

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Posted 03 April 2019 - 08:06 PM

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Ando

Grumpy advice

next time just replace the bolt with metric

eventual even Americans will go metric

if you can't tap it with a clean thread or upsize

recoil kit it with metric

Dad says when you replace standard bolts with odd bolts buzz a mark in the top of the head with a grinder so next time you look at it you remember why (usually the spanner doesn't fit buzz it anyway)

later owners will get the clue also

 

DJ

 

edit: under pressure

The bolt had a special collar on it...which allowed the pulley slack adjuster to slide up and down..  I had no option..

America will never go Metric...because America knows best... 


Posted 03 April 2019 - 09:28 PM

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just a follow up on what I discover and my experiences with this mower..

    one of the disappointing things with this mower is the height adjustment...or lack there of ..  well, i have worked out that if i want a cut height in between one of the fixed heights..  say for example.. I'm on "E" front and rear and its not cutting enough  ,but F (the next cut height is too low) leave the rear on "E" and drop the front only the "F"...this will give you a cut in between the two !!   works great !! 

also, last week i was taking ramps around  for certain customers..well, today one of my customers wasn't home so i though i would attempt to "walk" the mower up the stairs without the aid of the ramps..  and I did it..  it was pretty heavy but not really that much more than the Honda to be honest..  saving myself even more time.. 

The more I use this mower the more I love it...  its Fantastic

 

ps..  i can confirm that its terrible in wet grass .. lol   ...but dry grass  cuts superb

 

The stairs i walked the mower up

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and what a great cut !!

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 06:51 PM

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And I'm guessing you are still using the edgit pro for the edges.

The timemaster does a nice job mate.


Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:58 PM

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And I'm guessing you are still using the edgit pro for the edges.

The timemaster does a nice job mate.

Thanks Bakes,

Yes..  I love the Edgit pro..  :D


Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:03 AM

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(217 experience) the slant mowing trick is good on thick thick grass that’s a bit long and the mower is a bit short of power to process it all. There’s less oar in the water if you know what I mean. The quality drops a bit but the truth be known customers don’t have the eye that we do.
Although you would probably use a 216 if that’s what’s in front of you
Posted 12 April 2019 - 05:27 PM

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Just a tip- take the pulley cover off, otherwise grass tends to build up around the belts and pulleys which can't be good if it becomes chocka's
Posted 12 April 2019 - 06:55 PM

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(217 experience) the slant mowing trick is good on thick thick grass that’s a bit long and the mower is a bit short of power to process it all. There’s less oar in the water if you know what I mean. The quality drops a bit but the truth be known customers don’t have the eye that we do.
Although you would probably use a 216 if that’s what’s in front of you

Ive just worked out the slant trick..  its added 7 more cutting heights to me mower ...

 

Just a tip- take the pulley cover off, otherwise grass tends to build up around the belts and pulleys which can't be good if it becomes chocka's

Ive been keeping my eye on that...  i will blow that area out every 25 hours when i service it .. 


Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:10 PM

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Don’t be afraid to try it 2 settings apart in the really heavy going
Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:47 PM

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Don’t be afraid to try it 2 settings apart in the really heavy going

haha...looking like a dragster :P


Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:59 PM

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