Laying grass down

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I had a new 20 inch ego and it cut my grass perfectly level. I decided after only a month or so to upgrade and buy the 21 inch self propelled. I like the mowers a lot, but the 21 inch mower on setting 4 (of 6), lays most of my grass down instead of cutting it.
This causes me to have to mow back and forth over the same lines to get a uniform cut.

I don’t know why the 20 inch was fine - it might be the front deck shape. The 21 inch sits lower and just pushes the grass down. My grass isn’t that tall and I’m in Colorado so it doesn’t grow like crazy.

I see info on the high lifter blade, but really?! Why doesn’t this come with the high lifter blade. I don’t agree with spending 500.00 on a “better” mower (21 inch self propelled) , and then having to buy a blade that lifts the grass.

I see I’m not the only one with this problem. And to be honest the cuts look like crap with the 21” mower now.
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Well, it comes with a crappy blade.  I liked this mower, but didn't LOVE it until I got the High Lift.
I'll never go back to the stock blade.
Sorry, but that's the way it is, in my life anyway...
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Some seem to have an issue with the SP mowers and even cutting.  Was your 20" a plastic deck or steel.
Have you tried
1) sharpen blade
2) mow without using SP (just as a test on an area to determine cause - not suggesting as a permanent solution)
3) mow on height setting 3 or 2 (again as a test - not a permanent if that is a bad height for your grass)  

4) Apply some upward pressure on the handle so the light front end of the mower does not lift up
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Blade is brand new (brand new mower) and somewhat sharp. I don’t use the sp much at all.

I don’t want to go lower on the settings as the grass here will start to burn. I’m the only one with a green lawn right now. Albeit all different heights and messy. 4 of 6 is a good middle ground.

I keep the front down by having the handle at the correct height.


The 20 inch was a plastic deck. Not steel. But the 21 inch deck looks like it slopes down in front a bit more. Just knocks grass over and it stays laid over. Never gets pulled up to cut.


I guess the deal is, why make a mower designed like this and put a cheap blade on it? Quite stupid to ask for 499.00 and have to squeeze you for another 20 bucks on a blade that’s not even available in stores.


I guess I took for granted the gas mower that was lifting and cutting like a champ.

And like I mentioned, I was so impressed with the 20 inch mowers cut, I went and “upgraded” to the 21 inch sp. Now I’m disappointed.
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The blades are designed for different purposes. The blade included with the mower is designed for mulching, while the high-lift blade is designed for bagging. Some people who mulch still find it to be of some benefit, though.

It's still worth sharpening the blade because they aren't terribly sharp right out of the box.
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Are you still within the 90 days and can return the 21" to HD and then get a 20".  That would seem to be what you really want.
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Yes I am. Only been a couple weeks. What I actually want is the 21 inch to cut as even as the 20 inch did. Does this not seem odd to anyone else but me? Part of the reason to get the 21 was because it cut wider swaths.
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Yes it is odd.  Not everyone has that problem. The cut width difference is less than 1 inch (due to rounding of metrics or deck v actual blade measurements).  Suggested remedies or diagnostics do not work for you.

So the best solution for you seems to be to go back to the 20" mower that gave you results you were happy with.