deck is out of level. Can speed of blade be increased?

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Is there any adjustments for side to side height? I have the self propelled 21" model. The total height adjustment is quick and easy, however the mower deck isn't level and results in the mower scalping on one side. Am I missing something? Also is there anyway that the speed of the blade can be increased? The.mower does a much better job when it senses a load condition that causes it to speed up. The resulting cut and mulching is superior to what is produced at the the normal operating speed?
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Level deck and side to side height is not adjustable and sounds like a problem.  Check the front wheels and axle from underneath the deck and make sure the front axle is tight and secure.

Agree the mower does a better job at higher speed but currently there is no way to manually adjust the RPM.  If this is a recent purchase you could return it and check out the new dual battery mower and see if it works better for you with its increased power.

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I too determined a while back that the mower needs higher RPM's all the time to cut better and level at least in heavy thick Bermuda. It would sometimes bog down and then scalp the grass badly when slowing down to turn the mower. Does well in not so thick grass and on even ground. It's not so good on slopes.
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That might be a technique issue.? What level are you cutting on? The advice from ego is to cut back and forth, not in circles. I never have scalping on a turn. I go edge to edge, and at the end of a strip I let the sp lever go, push down to lift up the front wheels to pivot around to hit the next strip. The blades aren't even touching the grass in the turn.
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I have tons of slopes, both gentle and steep, and it works beautifully.
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Sometimes I will "force" a load condition and faster RPM by adjusting the speed control to near top speed so that the mower hits the grass quickly, which causes a load and increases the blade RPM. (Of course, you have to walk fast to keep up...and it only works if there is enough grass such that going quickly will load the blade.)