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    Must Re-engineer JD Z710A Anti-Scalp Wheels

    I've probably removed these grass clipping/or just grass from these front Anti-Scalp wheel several hundred times over these years, and I've had enough of the way those engineers designed the setup. There should be a bracket so the grass doesn't wrap around the wheel axle and I have to remove the wheels and pull the grass out.

    So, starting tomorrow morning I'm designing me a bracket such that I won't have to do that anymore.

    When I get it all finish and painted up I'' post some pictures.

    BTW: These were new wheels this spring, and when the grass wraps around the axle the wheel won't turn and the get all battered up and cut like you see in the photos.









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    I'm curious to see what you come up with
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    Interesting. I don't ever seem to have grass wrapped around that axle. Ever. But my anti-scalp wheels are all beat and marked up like that. I figured that's quite normal due to the rocks, concrete, curbs, sticks, and other debris and obstacles my mower encounters.
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    kbeaag, Are your wheels set too low?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    kbeaag, Are your wheels set too low?
    or, is the grass being cut too high??
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    As of this evening, the bracket has been fabricated and painted. I had to re-align and adapt another the way the original pin/bolt was used.
    When I install it tomorrow and make a test drive/mow to determine if I'm successful or not on preventing grass wrapping around the anti-scalp wheel axle.

    I never let the grass get any higher than three inches. Although, I figured that is where the problem occurs...tall grass that hit the front of the anti-scalp wheels.

    The anti-scalp wheels are located in the top hole in the bracket...And I mow my seven acres with the deck on 2-1/2" setting.


    For those that may or may not have this problem of grass getting wrapped around these wheels, I have no problem with grass on the outer...right and left side anti-scalp wheels with grass. At first I thought it was the "spacing" between the two wheels that caused the problem, but, I added couple flat washers to fill the space and that didn't stop the grass wrapping.
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    For the record, I had the same problem with the Toro ZMaster we had and only with the front center rollers. Got so bad once that I had a real hard time removing the little axle to get the rollers off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeaag View Post
    As of this evening, the bracket has been fabricated and painted. I had to re-align and adapt another the way the original pin/bolt was used.
    When I install it tomorrow and make a test drive/mow to determine if I'm successful or not on preventing grass wrapping around the anti-scalp wheel axle.

    I never let the grass get any higher than three inches. Although, I figured that is where the problem occurs...tall grass that hit the front of the anti-scalp wheels.

    The anti-scalp wheels are located in the top hole in the bracket...And I mow my seven acres with the deck on 2-1/2" setting.


    For those that may or may not have this problem of grass getting wrapped around these wheels, I have no problem with grass on the outer...right and left side anti-scalp wheels with grass. At first I thought it was the "spacing" between the two wheels that caused the problem, but, I added couple flat washers to fill the space and that didn't stop the grass wrapping.
    So you are only having a problem with the wheels in the center of the deck?

    The center wheels on the front of my X540's 54" deck are not adjustable. They are also flatter and wider than what you have. More like a skateboard wheel only wider. Just went out and checked them. Both spin freely and don't have any buildup.
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    I would say that most Ztrak owners don't notice that the two (middle) anti-scalp wheels are wide and flatter than the two outer wheels from the factory. I don't think that makes any difference on how they work on the deck. I do know you cannot buy the wider-flatter wheels from a JD Dealer. They sell the narrow-cone shaped ones. In past years I could get the wider-fatter ones, but, no longer see them on any newer models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeaag View Post
    I would say that most Ztrak owners don't notice that the two (middle) anti-scalp wheels are wide and flatter than the two outer wheels from the factory. I don't think that makes any difference on how they work on the deck. I do know you cannot buy the wider-flatter wheels from a JD Dealer. They sell the narrow-cone shaped ones. In past years I could get the wider-fatter ones, but, no longer see them on any newer models.
    For what it is worth, the parts list shows the gauge wheels and anti-scalp wheels all with the same part number with no changes for older serial numbers.

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