Drastically diminished performance for mower

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I purchased the LM2001 mower last fall and it worked fine all last year. This spring, I'm seeing clumps of mashed grass when mulching and lots of cut grass still on the lawn when bagging. Any ideas why this could occur ? The grass is dry and not too tall (cutting at #4 position, there is only a little more than an inch to be cut).
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Interesting. Are you guys with grass build up problems seeing this for the first time on any mower you've used, or is this simply been a problem since switching to the Ego mower?


If it's a problem only since switching to the Ego mower did previous lawnmowers use a mulching blade?


I'm curious because my mower deck seems to only collect grass directly above the mulching part of the blade, the perimeter of the deck is fairly clean.


I wonder maybe also if the soil type in the area has anything to do with it. Several lawnmower reviews I've read recently comment on models that use a composite deck instead of steel, wondering if sandy soil will eventually abrade the deck away.


If Sandy soil is a concern and deck abrasion is taking place it would wear away the smooth finish of the plastic leaving a rough surface that grass could easily stick to. My soil, if you could call it that, is more topsoil and clay-based so that may not be an issue for me.

Of course the issue with steel decks on sandy soil us they get sandblasted and rust out very quickly. Darned if you do, darned if you don't!
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