42-Inch Steel Deck 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With…

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If you are talking about leveling deck front to back, no more than 3/8 in higher in back to adjust put tension on front hangars ,so u want to tighten front hangars hope this helps

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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.
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.

Should the front of the mower run lower than the rear? Yes. The grass is cut on the front side of the mower and not at the rear. This leaves a better and more consistent cut and aides in better material distribution.
The front-deck is excellent for any awkward corners or space-restricted areas that would defeat the conventional mid-mounted mower. It can reach under branches and hedges, and cuts perfectly under trees, reaching in tight spots and getting close up to the edge.

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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.

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.

Need diagram of deck belt installation – Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model
ANSWER : May I get the make and model # to get you the right belt diagram

I have a 20 HP Sears riding mower with 42″ deck. Something has caused the right side of the deck to sit lower. It literally sits on the ground when lower to #1 position.
ANSWER : There are deck leveling adjustment bars located on most lawn tractors, most are equipped with a large plastic wing nut. There will be one on each side, with the mower off, lower the deck to the lowest position, loosen the wing nuts on each side, then re-tightnen. There is also a possibility if this is not the way your deck is levelled, there will be a deck hang wire/rod, however those are usually found on zero turn style mowers.

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

How do you remove the mower deck from a craftsman riding lawn mower
ANSWER : Most of these have a cable to pull deck into gear, which has a r clip to remove ,than two rods that go from font of deck towards front axle- remove 2 R clips to drop them, and 2 more at the back of deck, un hook belt around engine pulley, than slide deck out. See how this goes. Or you my have dune it by now.

I have a problem leveling my mower deck. I level it at the sides and front .I use the mower and it cuts uneven. mower is deck is out of alignment. less than 1 hour on it.
ANSWER : The deck could be bent, or you will probably have to level the back of the deck as well. Another thing to check is the air in the tires, this can cause an uneven cut. Although the tire may look pumped up, with the weight of a person on the tractor can cause an uneven cut.

I am trying to replace a belt on the deck mower
ANSWER : If it’s a craftsman. Go to www.searspartsdirect.com and put in your exact model number (which you didn’t list) then when you get to the parts listing, look on the right hand side of the page and see if there is a link to manuals for your model , if so click on that. The manual should show you pictures of your belt.