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Old 06-04-2011, 11:50 PM
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So I Bought a Brand New Ariens 46" cut today, just a decent lawn tractor for smaller lots, so i tryed it out on my lawn first before i use it on any customers, and boy o boy does it cut uneven, has anyone esle had this problem with a new mower? I adjusted the tire pressure because it says in the manual its set high from factory to ship in the crate. . thinking about calling a shop to see if they will adjust it under warrenty. . . i dont feel like trying to mess with it to adjust the deck to make it level . .

So i am just wondering if anyone esle has had this problem with any type of mower they bought? ?

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I am not familiar with Ariens however I would assume it is like the Deere units in that there is a deck leveling ability, even on the box store units. Did you check the owners manual? If you bought it from the dealer this should have been part of their pre-sale inspection, give them a shout and explain what the issue is.
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Oops, I missed the part where you checked the tire pressure.

Are the blades level under the deck? Is there a bent spindle? Roll onto a level surface and measure from the ground to the blade (not the bottom of the deck) on each side and see if they are even.
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from the description I am guessing that the deck was not leveled at setup. Unfortunately this is not warranty so if you bought it at a dealer they should fix it for you but if you bought it at a box store I would not expect many dealers to fix it for free.
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It's not that hard to level yourself. Directions to level the deck should be in your manual.

Like said earlier, if bought from a dealer: they should level your deck at no charge to you!

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Bought it from a little dealership around here, so today i went out and cut a 2.5 arc. lot all straight nothing to go around, blades ended up cutting fine(so i dont know if the black paint on the end of the new blades just had to get worn off or what) but w.e. so as i am cutting i noticed when i was going straight the steering wheel was crooked to the right, and when i moved the steering wheel straight the mower would go to the left. so after i was done cutting this lot i brought it back to the place where i bought it and explained the steering problem and how i wanted to just have them fix it/adjust it. the lady behind the desk does, We will give you a brand new tractor and send your old one back. . so i has pretty happy, she gave me a new one, i hoped on it and it drove fine and straight!! needless to say i used the rider i bought on a lot that took me just over 3.5 hours with pretty tall grass because the owner just bought the house and it never got cut yet this year, made $200 cutting it and took the lawn mower back i used that got a beating today on that tall grass and got a new one that had never been ran yet !!!
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WOW! I would figure the steering wheel issue would have been an easy fix for them, but hey, at the end of the day, you are happy so it's all good.
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WOW! I would figure the steering wheel issue would have been an easy fix for them, but hey, at the end of the day, you are happy so it's all good.
I agree with you sounds like something a box store would do.... but it could have been a bent frame, that could cause the cut level to be screwy and steering to do the same.
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yeah i just said i wanted to have them fix it and she said no, we'll give you a new one, so i wasnt complaining, I only bought this rider becuase i cant get my 54" zero turn threw peoples fences. . now i got a 21" cut, 33" cut, 46" cut and a 54" cut. . i have to say my 33" cut walk behind is perfect where the old people still have a 36" gate to get into there fenced area!!!
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So I Bought a Brand New Ariens 46" cut today, just a decent lawn tractor for smaller lots, so i tryed it out on my lawn first before i use it on any customers, and boy o boy does it cut uneven, has anyone esle had this problem with a new mower? I adjusted the tire pressure because it says in the manual its set high from factory to ship in the crate. . thinking about calling a shop to see if they will adjust it under warrenty. . . i dont feel like trying to mess with it to adjust the deck to make it level . .

So i am just wondering if anyone esle has had this problem with any type of mower they bought? ?

thanks
I bought the same type of mower two weeks ago, and the cutting on this thing is really bad. every time you take a left turn, the mower deck moves to close to the lawn and makes a gash mark. I've raised the mower deck higher but i get the same results. It appears that the deck is to loose for some reason.
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