mower deck up......or down?

bullet bob

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I bought a used gravely hd zt 60 last fall with 100 hrs. I've put Oregon mulching blades on as I've always liked mulching blades. I mow a whopping 1 acre but my old Cub GT had a stripping kit on it and always liked that nice wide-cut look. My question is, I've got the deck sitting ~ 1/4" higher in the front. Understand the dealers like to set them with the front slightly lower than the back. I DO understand their logic. So, does it really matter? I'm looking for the best cut & stripe I can possible get. Older guy, retired so I'm not in a hurry when I mow. Thanks all.
 

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I don’t know about your area, but around here we always set the BACK of the deck 1/4” higher than the front. This has been the manufacturer recommended way for as long as I can remember.
 

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If you are mulching then healing the deck, ( back lower ) will give you a better cut.
If you are throwing then a normal attack angle ( front down ) will throw the grass further & help bag.

Heeled decks are more prone to getting hung up on obstacles like tree roots and stumps .
 
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With the front down you're cutting the grass once, with the front up you're cutting the grass twice more or less. Might try it both ways and see what you like best, if there is any difference in looks.
 

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If you are mulching then healing the deck, ( back higher ) will give you a better cut.
If you are throwing then a normal attack angle ( front down ) will throw the grass further & help bag.

Heeled decks are more prone to getting hung up on obstacles like tree roots and stumps .
Not trying to be a smart-a$$ but aren't these the same position?
I mulch, chute up, and I mow high, ~ 4.5". Fertilize the lawn. Never bag........
 

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Having the front of the deck higher puts more strain on the engine.
 

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Thank you
previous post now corrected
Pointing out errors is never being a SA it is important that what is on the web is as accurate as we can make it.
Totally agree that we need to be giving accurate and correct info as possible. Some those U-Tube just plain wrong in my opinion. If happen to post something that is wrong I would highly appreciate being corrected myself. I might have to think as to why I am wrong but I know techs that are highly insulted if someone corrects them.

Personally I learn new things and new ways of doing things every day, that's part of life. Something like how to use the leak down test to test an OHV engine complete cylinder stroke instead of just at TDC which I learned last Summer.
 

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Having the front of the deck higher puts more strain on the engine.
Understand the concept. So far, Kohler 7000 shows no strain between idling & mowing. I'm just looking for cleanest cut I can get, maybe a 'lil stripe for good measure.
 
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