Well, to the ONE GUY above........ how about you move along? I asked a legitimate question and there seems to be others willing to help.
If I knew the problem I would be fixing it as I do everything else around here, major construction projects to vehicles to appliances etc.
I put a new toro kit on with their blades, A NEW belt, my spindles are tight with zero play. The only thing unclear in the instructions was the direction of the long slope on the kickers, the picture wasn't obvious but they seemed to fit only one way.
The strip that isn't being cut is where the tire flattens the grass, it seems I don't have enough lift to stand the grass up but as stated it cut great with the standard setup.
I am NEW HERE....I thought you were ALLOWED to ask QUESTIONS?????
I'll chime in again whilst hoping I am NOT the "ONE GUY" referred to above. :mrgreen:
The kicker installation is an unknown as I can't visually inspect it, but with the additional information provided, it does not sound like the problem so I will do my best to help out or at least explain what is happening.
1. I was not aware you had changed the belt and I assume it's properly tensioned so we can eliminate that as the cause.
2. Your indication that it was your tire track that was problematic gave us another clue.
Just to clarify something, a side discharge on ANY lawnmower setup will ALWAYS have a better vaccuum than a mulching one. Why? Because in a side discharge setup, the air being moved has an outlet. In a mulch setup, there is no outlet for the air, so there is not going to be the same amount of airflow (what many call suction). To clarify further, it is the AIRFLOW that pulls the grass up and straight. If there is nowhere for the air to go, you won't have nearly as much AIRFLOW.
A simple experiment that shows this effect. Place some dirt on the palm of your hand and then hold the nozzle of your home vaccuum on top of the dirt, but pressing against your palm so that no air can enter the nozzle/hose and then turn on the vaccuum, then off again, holding the nozzle against the skin of your palm until the motor has stopped. When you remove the nozzle, you will see the dirt undisturbed in the palm of your hand. Do the same thing again, but this time holding the nozzle just above the skin so that air can enter, and you will find that the dirt on your palm will be carried into the vaccuum by the air rushing by.
So solving your problem may be difficult, even if things are working correctly, but you are not happy with the results. Things you could try:
1: Mow a little shorter, this will reduce the tendancy of the grass to lay flat after the tire rolls over it.
2: Only mow when the grass is perfectly dry. Dew and moisture from rain/watering on the grass blades will make them tend to stick to each other and lay flat.
3. If all else fails, your only option might be to go back to side discharge......
I am having similar problems with my Toro Super Recycler when mowing tall... my grass also lays over and stays flat when going over the wheel tracks while mulching. I am concidering dropping the mowing height, but I really don't want to.