Here is a photo of a neighbors yard. He has a x4?? with the all wheel steering. I have watched him and his kid both step on the mower deck getting on and off the tractor. The first time I saw him doing this, I STRONGLY discouraged it......explaining the huge negatives which accompany such behavior. I even pointed out the "NOT A STEP" decal on the deck and explained how it will get knocked out of level.
He noticed that I get on and off my ExMark Lazer Z Zero turn by stepping on the deck. However, my deck is DESIGNED to be stepped on and in fact, it has a metal, non skid step plate mounted on the deck just for that purpose. I showed him the difference and explained that the decks are suspended in very different ways on the two machines.
Well, apparently my advice hasn't been heeded. Here are two photos which demonstrate what happens.........
I took these photo's today while driving past in my tractor. There was a couple of other photos' I took which show EXTREME scalping and the cut is so uneven I bet it is 2" different left to right. But in those photo's, it shows the front of the house with the address so I can't post those in order to "protect the identity of the crooked cutting party".......
The tighter the turns around objects, the worse the height disparity and there is actually scalping by the outside edge of the deck on every tight turn. When they mow a tight circle around any object, the entire outer edge of the deck is scalping the lawn.
I really hate to see someone spend thousands of dollars for a decent lawn tractor and on their lawn upkeep and then scalp the daylights out of the lawn along with every single cut is very crooked and noticeable, because of the deck being so out of level now.
These people also have a lot of rolling lawn and the cut really shows on every high point. The deck is really out of level when they are turning, the tighter the turn, the worse the cut. Another neighbor asked me "What's wrong with "so and so's" lawn?" so I drove past to see. The deck being very un-level is part of it and I wonder if the rear tires are inflated correctly as the tire marks are also inconsistent. In fact, in person, it's so noticeable that I wonder if something isn't broken on the deck mount or suspension of the tractor.
I hate to go knock on the guys door and say "Hey, let's take a look at your tractor mower deck together" to try and help the guy out, but short of him sending it back to the dealer, I doubt anything is going to change. I can't imagine he is happy with the end result.