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So I couldn't wait to try my new GM1000. The rain had stopped and the ground only seemed kind of damp. I played with bedknife adjustment until I could cut paper clean (see other thread).

I fired it up first pull. Away from everything I engaged the drive. I have named my mower "bucking bronco". This thing will pull you straight out of your shoes. It took some getting used to.

I cut (scalp) at 0.500" but no one kill me: the dealer set the HOC and I did a poor mans check. Don't have a gauge yet.

I did a perimeter pass. I couldn't seem to get to the edge of the grass. It would leave a strip, I was scared to go closer and hit the reel on concrete, and in certain areas one side of the roller would have all the traction and try to pull me onto concrete. Not sure how to fix that.

On the straight passes, I could tell I was nervous about going to far (onto concrete or into fence) so I would lift the front and/or disengage the drive too soon leaving a patch.

I did a double cut (although not completely perpendicular) and as of this moment I'd have to give it a 4/10.

Maybe it will take some getting used to and some practice. Maybe I need to adjust some things or maybe my yard is just that lumpy. But honestly it didn't cut evenly. The cut within each row is smooth but you can see what I mean from pics. My son came running out screaming "what did you do?!? Your grass doesn't look good anymore!!!"







 

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Redtenchu said:
Haha, I remember using my greens Mower the first time... It takes time, you'll make some mistakes, it might even scare you a little. With (lots) more practice, you'll be a pro!
Any ideas on the unevenness (seen best in 3rd pic)? Maybe a triple cut going right at it? I would hate to triple cut every time I mow...

Also, I can't seem to keep this thing in a straight line :lol: It's going so fast that every bump makes it go all over the place. I tried to throttle down some, but I could barely go down before it would start to idle rough and engaging the drive would kill the engine...so I basically ran at 97% throttle :lol:
 

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Oh and yes it did scare me to death a few times! 9/10 times when I pulled the lever to disengage the drive it would quit immediately, but every once in a while it would have a 1sec delay and keep trying to drive...I can only imagine my neighbors guts are hurting from laughing at me so hard.
 

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Redtenchu said:
Haha, I remember using my greens Mower the first time... It takes time, you'll make some mistakes, it might even scare you a little. With (lots) more practice, you'll be a pro!
Agree. A greensmower is a handful at first. :thumbup:

A few thoughts...

You should be able to mow at less than 97% throttle. You could have some carb issues. Slowing it down is not only necessary at times, but it will really help build your confidence.

It's definitely scalped in places, so it looks worse than it is, and I definitely see some leveling work in your future.

Don't give up, and remember a reel mower is just one piece of the puzzle. This was cut with the same mower, but I can assure you it didn't look like this on day one. I think raldridge2315 really said it best here - there is no instant gratification in this journey. :thumbup:

 

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I do plan on raising HOC now that it's scalped...but I'm not sure since it's not scalped evenly. Seems as though not starting with a good base will only make future problems more profound...I'm definitely going to level, but not sure how soon.

How do I check for carb issues?
 

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So I went against the old saying that "the enemy of good is better". Once the rain stopped again and I saw some sunlight, I went out and finished one patch as well as cutting the main lawn in a different direction. I THINK it looks a little better. It definitely made more scalps/brown areas but I didn't want to have an uneven scalp as the foundation when I raise the HOC. On a plus note, I don't think I'll have to water for a week and a half with the rain from the last 2 days.







 

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Well when I went out the second time it was a little better...maybe I just hadn't let it warm up enough. Still couldn't go all the way down (not sure if you're supposed to be able to or not) but I did go down maybe 50% and it was better. I was also getting the hang of operating it without killing myself.

However, there were a few times that I disengaged the drive lever and it kept going....i went in circles until I killed the motor. Started it up and it took off again :shock:
 

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southernguy311 said:
99% certain that your first cut was basically surfing on top of the puffy grass. This happens to everyone at some point or another. My suggestion would be to anyone who can:

Scalp, verticut, scalp again
Don't think I have the resources to verticut...have to do some research. But do you think the lawn looks more even after the 3rd cut? (triple I guess :lol:)
 

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Definitely, see a need to do a little leveling. I am getting similar scalping issues in few spots in my lawn. I originally planned on leveling this past weekend, but the Holiday and out of town visitors caused a delay to this coming weekend.
 

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Yea I do need to level. I'm sure this is a trend on this forum but my wife is ready to skin me after buying a fiskars mower, 2 spreaders, fert, a backpack sprayer, Celsius, penterra, and a greens mower. I'm thinking a leveling project will not go over well...
 

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Ware said:
Sand for leveling is not all that expensive - it's just labor intensive.

Could you physically feel the mower bouncing around on he bumps?
I'd say yes but I don't have a gauge for how bouncy = unlevel. I feel like it was better the second time when the mower was going slower and not running across the lawn.

How far can you guys throttle down before the mower turns off?
 
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