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  1. #11
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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    If one blade is cutting an inch lower, there's something wrong! The angle of sharpening wouldn't make a difference. If one blade was completely blunt might a difference but you said they were all sharp. Either put the mower on a flat surface and measure the distance to the blade tips in different locations or take a long straight edge along the 2 outer blades and see if the center blade lines up with the straight edge. Turn the blades and check again. Could one blade be upside down? That would certainly amount to about an inch difference in height.

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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    Thanks for all the opinions, I returned the mower to my neighbor for him to check out, he totally agreed with all of you that there's something wrong. The mower didn't have an anti-scalp roller but it seemed to scalp pretty easily. The mower had all the spacers in to get the mowing height as high as it would go and I think the center was cutting too low. So my current guess would agree with those of you who think there's a problem with the level / tilt of the deck. The mower is a FarmStar and seems well built, and runs much quieter than my old 60in mower so I'm hoping the problem isn't "fatal", I'll let you know how it turns out.

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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    Definatally keep us posted. And get us some pictures if you can.

    How much was he asking for the mower?
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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    We didn't get that far but he said he thought it would go for $500 at an auction so I'm guessing that's what he'd want for it. It's lived it's life outside so there is some rust, and the front of the frame is dented where an anti-scalp roller would go (again leading me to believe the center is lower than it should be). The inner half of the pto shaft is slightly bent and missing the plastic collar but I didn't have any trouble getting it to slide in and out enough to get it hooked up to my tractor.

    My rfm saga started when I bought my brand new tractor last fall, a Mahindra Max 28hp, for mowing our new property. The dealer told me it wasn't big enough to run a 72" mower and sold me a 60" Farmline (under $900 brand new). Obviuosly cheap for a new mower but as the old saying goes you get what you pay for. One of the "forks" that holds the front wheel broke and I've had it welded twice. The blade also got bent somehow (I might have done it hitting a small stump, there are a couple I've learned to watch out for) and the mowing pattern on it has never been right. On top of that I'm mowing almost 5 acres right now and using a 60" mower with a crummy pattern making me go over lots of things twice, I've been spending a day and a half a week mowing on the place that's a second home right now. That's what led up to my neighbor (thankfully) suggesting I try out his old 72" that he hasn't been using. The 28HP seems to handle the 72" mower just fine, so I'm definitely going shopping for a 6 footer now. Craigslist around St. Louis is a goldmine for these things but I'm going to check out new ones too. One thing I've learned already is I'd never buy a used one unless I could see it in action first. I've looked through the forums here and seen alot of the new brands I should look for, I know there are a number of dealers in our area that sell Woods and LandPride. One suggestion I saw on the forums was a brand called First Choice but I called them and they're not in the RFM business any more.

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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    Well if its missing the anti-scalp roller in the front, maybe thats the whole issue. It is possible that he had it set up to ride on the roller for correct height.

    Does the mower have gauge wheels in the front?? if not, it was probably supposed to have some check-chains to limit the amount the front lowers. If it has neither chains, nor wheels, and missing the roller, thats the problem.

    Other than that, based on the condition you describe, I doubt it would see $500 at any auction. $300 is more realistic.

    Keep shopping C-list. Your dealer gave you bad advise on the mower. You should do just fine with a 72" finish mower and a 60" on a bush hog.
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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    Not sure what you mean by gauge wheels, it has 4 wheels, 2 front and 2 back. Doesn't look to me like it ever had an anti-scalp roller, my cheapo 60" didn't come with one either. If the deck needed one of those to keep it from sagging in the middle I suspect that's not a good thing though lol. Thanks again for all the advice.

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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    Yea, the 4 wheels are gauge wheels. Cause they gauge the depth of the mower.

    Sounds like you need to raise the ones in the front a tad then. But you wont know until you place the mower on a level concrete surface.
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    Default Re: RFM mowing pattern

    The bushhog brand that i use i dont think has a scalp roller on it? It has 4 wheels on it. And i can run the 72" side discharge in all but the tallest stuff with my 24hp yanmar. When its really tall i have to take about a 5ft section and go slow but i can handle it. I only cut the farm house (it to is a second place) once every 4-8 weeks so it is pretty tall when i do!
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