BOLT TOO TIGHT WHEN CHANGING BLADE; BLADE NICKED EASILY WITHIN 6 USES;

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BOLT TOO TIGHT WHEN CHANGING BLADE; BLADE NICKED EASILY WITHIN 6 USES; MULCHING NOT TOO GREAT AT SETTINGS BELOW 4; UNEVEN CUTTING REQUIRING MORE THAN ONE PASS IF GRASS IS MORE THAN 3-4 INCHES TALL

Got the bolt to give in with a pop - after stepping on the Gear short handled wrench.
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Chandran

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re the bolt too tight: we used a couple of squirts of WD40 let it soak a minute and then our socket wrench took it right off. The rest, try mowing at a slower pace for better mulching and more even cutting. Especially if the grass is long. You gotta give the mower enough the time to deal with all the material. We just switched to the highlift blade and got better mulching, even though we don't use the bag.
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I've noticed the same with mulching.  If my grass gets really long, i'll to a pass at 6, then another at 5, and my yard doesn't look like a mess.  One upside of mowing at 5 is that my yard looks much greener than my neighbors' yards, and I'm not running sprinklers this year. :)

The other solution is to just make a pass of my yard with the blower, which breaks up the clumps of cut grass, and distributes them a bit more evenly, greatly improving the after-mow appearance.
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Easy way to handle a tight bolt when using hand tools...position the wrench so you can use the blade as a leverage point with your thumbs and then pull the wrench in like you are giving a firm hand shake. Works every time.

To be honest this mower does not handle heavy grass and mulching very well. I tried a few ideas last year creating a "mulching kit"  that kept the grass under the mower. This did work OK but the deck design and the large air gaps between the blade and deck allows the grass to exit to one side when under heavy load. I use the bagging option exclusively now and mower handles heavy grass just fine. Only time I mulch now is late in season when the grass slows down. I also keep my blade razor (ninja) sharp. The blade is a bit on the soft side so I hone the blade every other cutting. That alone makes a big difference in the mowers overall performance.
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The blade is torqued to around 40 ft lbs, so it's on there nice and tight. I already had a torque wrench so I just use that to remove and reinstall the bolt after sharpening the blade. Torque wrenches aren't super expensive and are handy to have around. I also use mine for checking lug nuts on my trailer wheels.