Mowing Tips

The team at Action Equipment want to make sure you get the best performance from your ride-on mower.

High rainfall provides few chances to stem rapid grass growth.  The reality is a lot of people will try to mow in far-from-ideal conditions.

So we’ve set out some tips which should help you operate your machine correctly in these tough conditions.

  • Try to mow in the driest available conditions.
  • Check long grass does not have hidden objects!
  • Long or very long grass should be brought down in stages.
  • Mulching should only be attempted on a third of the height of the grass; do not attempt to re-cut until it has dried.
  • If the grass needs to be reduced further then you should remove any mulch plug and discharge from side or rear of cutting deck.
  • If the engine sound changes and revs drop whilst mowing, do one or more of the following:
    • Reduce your ground speed, not the engine speed – i.e. ease back on the ground speed, don’t move the throttle; and/or
    • Lift the mower deck and allow it to process the grass; and/or
    • Raise the cutting height.
  • When side discharging, adjust your mowing pattern so that you don’t throw cuttings onto uncut grass.
  • When collection mowing the following will help:
    • Make sure the chute, etc. is clean before mowing
    • Make sure maximum RPM is being achieved
    • Empty the catcher much more frequently
    • Make sure the catcher bag or screen are clean to allow air to flow through
  • Most cutting decks require air flow through from the top, so stop the machine and remove any grass which has built up on top of the deck.
  • Only wash the machine when its cutting deck is cold.

Following these tips should ensure maximum belt life and reliability. The majority of belt failures are caused by operator error. If in any doubt as to the correct operation of your machine, please ask us for advice.

May your mowing be fun and safe!

 

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