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With height control lever in highest position , blades are to low with all adjusting rods adjusted all the way up.

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Locate the attachment lift lever on the right side of the steering wheel. Press down on the plunger at the top of the lever, and move the lever forward to raise the mower deck or backward to lower it.
What appears to be a mower deck that`s out of whack may really be due to poor tire inflation. Front tires that are too low or rear tires that are overinflated can cause the appearance of a poorly adjusted mower deck. Always check and fill tires with the mower turned off and parked on a flat, level surface.
Turn the adjusting lock nut clockwise to raise the mower and counterclockwise to lower it. Measure from the blade to the ground again on both sides and adjust until the difference between the blade tip heights are within ⅛ -inch. Rotate the blades so that their direction is now front to back.
Aside from a deck adjustment gear, your mower may have a linkage that helps adjust the deck height. The linkage has a nut that you can tighten to raise the deck and loosen to lower the deck. If the metal linkage becomes damaged or seized, and you can`t make these adjustments, a new linkage is required.
Pull the wheel adjuster lever toward the wheel to unlock it from the tooth. Move the lever left or right to raise or lower the mower deck.
For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch, or height difference of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the front of the deck to the back of the deck. Naturally, this makes the sweet spot about 1/4-inch of pitch, depending on the mower model.
Always Mow at 3 Inches or Taller

Often the highest setting on most mower types is 3 inches. Mowing the grass at 3 inches or taller will prevent diseases, promote deep digging roots, help the grass conserve water, improve turf density, and improve turf color.

For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the height of the deck rear to the height of the deck front.
A high-lift mower blade is the standard mowing blade designed to cut grass and discharge the clippings out from the deck or capture them in a grass collection system.
The first step to a beautiful lawn is a level mower deck. Level your mower deck once or twice a season.
The top setting for most mowers gives a cutting height between 3.25 and 4 inches. This is best for your lawn, but at a setting of 4 inches you may sometimes see some “laying-over” of turf blades that some people find undesirable. For this reason, some people prefer to mow at 3 or 3.5 inches.
The simple act of raising one`s lawnmower can reduce water consumption as well as pesticide and fertilizer use. Because raising the height of one`s lawnmower creates healthier lawns, grass will require less watering and fertilization and it will fight off weeds naturally, reducing the need for pesticides.
Mower deck gauge wheels should be properly adjusted to prevent scalping grass on uneven terrain. The bottom of the wheels should sit approximately 1/8-1/2 of an inch from the ground, depending on your cutting height.

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How do i adjust deck belt tension – Poulan 38-Inch Steel Deck 15.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With 5 Speed
ANSWER : Most cases there is no adjustment to the belt if it is mounted correctly it tensions itself, if you need more adjustment you might need to just change belt because your other one is most likely stretched.

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How to adjust the mowing deck properly? – Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model
ANSWER : I use a string level just sit it on deck level front to back

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How can I adjust the deck on a craftsman lt1500 to cut higher?
ANSWER : Adjust your linkage rods

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New battery for chraftsman mower but it still won’t start
ANSWER : Doesn’t it turn over? If your valves are out adjustment. They don’t release compression.

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Mower deck too low
ANSWER : There are two bolts that raise and lower the deck for adjustment on either side of the mower.

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HOW DO YOU ADJUST HIGH AND LOW SPEEDS ON HOMELITE BLOWER UTO8087 IF ONLY 1 SCREW ADJUSTMENT. 1 PORT FAC. PLUGED OFF.WHAT SHOULD IDLE RPM LOW B APPROX./ HIGH RPM
ANSWER : All the pictures I have of this carb show two adjusting screws.

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Deck belt keeps coming off – Poulan 42-Inch Steel Deck 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With 6 Speed
ANSWER : Check the pulleys and mandrels if any are loose or binding repair or replace as necessary check the alignment of the deck and drive pulley if the support bolts are loose or out of alignment tighten or adjust as necessary

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I had hit a somewhat hidden stump on the lawn..bending the blade. Took the deck off and replaced the bent blade. Put the deck back on and now the cut seems uneven. It appears that the deck is now uneven. I attempted to follow the directions for a side-to-side leveling. Started with trying to measure the blade height and am struggling with getting to a spot where I can measure the blade on the left side. By looking at the deck, it appears to be uneven. I am struggling with being able to raise the left side of the deck.
ANSWER : I’ve only had luck removeing the deck, turn it upside down. Measure blade, mark, remove blade, insert large pipe over spindle, bend in direction. Re-install blade, and do it all over and over till straight. Measure in several locations.

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