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    Uneven Cut

    I purchased a D130 this Spring and after 6 months of use I still cannot get it to cut evenly. I've checked tire pressure and have spent what seems like hours doing my best to level the deck using the John Deere leveling gadge. The deck rollers are on their lowest level but yet there's a good ½ or more difference when I cut.

    I'm at my wits end trying to get this thing leveled up. Any suggestions?

    I'm hoping to attach a couple of photos I took this morning after cutting the grass.r
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    Just a suggestion, maybe you have tried. Raise the right side 1/4" and lower the left side 1/4" . Also try lowering the gauge wheels another 1/2" so they are closer to the ground.
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    Welcome,,, and,,,

    Is the front tip of the blade lower than the back by the correct amount,,,, or are the blades "level"?

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    You should also check for the blades being straight. With the leveling gauge it's an easy thing to check. Simply check the height of the end of one blade, turn it 180* and check it again. The measurement should be the same. If not, you need new blades or possibly a spindle.
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    One thing I noticed is the slope you're mowing. I've found that it can be really tricky to get a standard riding mower to cut even across a slope like that because the play in the deck linkage lets it shift enough to get goofy. Check your rear tire pressures as well, if one side is a little low that could let the tire 'squish' a bit when the weight shifts on the hill.
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    Thanks for your insights

    Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to share your insights into my problem.

    The problem does seem to get worse on the part of my lawn that's on a slope and where the grass is fuller and thicker so the tires seem to naturally sink down into the grass a bit deeper in that area. I've tried literally leaning to the left (uphill) as I make the pass hoping that by throwing my weight opposite the low side that it would help. But it doesn't. And the uneven cut happens even on level ground, just not as noticeable.

    I'll double check the blade measurements again to make sure a blade or spindle isn't warped and also the front/back adjustments. If that still doesn't work I may try the suggestion to go ahead and make the deck purposely uneven in the opposite direction to offset the uneven cut.

    I owned a Yard Machines mower for years and never had this kind of issue.

    One more thought/question: is this something I could take to a local JD dealer or retailer and have them check the mower and/or check my deck settings? I bought this from Lowes back in the spring of this year.

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    Your machine is the exact same model that's sold at the dealer, for the exact same price. They can certainly look at it and should be able to repair it, but I'm not familiar with the warranty structure for those particular machines. It may or may not be covered.

    Water under the bridge now, but for others who may read this thread later that's one of the benefits of buying from the dealer. You become "their" customer in addition to John Deere's customer.
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    Decaharms, Does it cut the same pattern when mowing either direction? As in, always on the low side or always on the high side?

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