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Hi to all. New poster and long time lurker. I have a Ingy 3010 that I have finally got a working mower deck on. Took it for a test drive around the yard and just have a few questions. Is there anyway to raise the height of the cut besides the adjustment. Seems to cut a little short for the other party in my home. She says it looks scalped to her. I was using it in the float position, is that the correct setting for mowing? Any help would be great!! Thanks Rick
 

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Hi Rick,
Unfortunately the highest cut you will get with these mowers is 3.5-3.75" using the six inch guide wheels, your 3010 probably has five inch guide wheels on the deck. Make sure that your front wheel bearings are still servicable, the tires are the correct size and pressures. If the front wheel bearings are shot they will affect the height of cut and leveling of the deck. Level the deck in the mid height position. With a blade facing forward it should be 1/8" lower in height than the part facing aft.
Bob MacGregor in CT :mrgreen: :mowlawn:
 

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Whenever someone complains about height adjustment, the true problem is often due to the age of the deck. It isn't that the deck is too old but rather, it has been exposed to wear, tear, lack of maintenance, abuse, incorrect parts and a failure to set the deck up properly.


The thing is.....the LAST item on the list above often cannot be accomplished until all the other items have been corrected. There are decals on the deck that say "NO STEP" but people step on the deck anyway and don't realize that they are often bending the very pieces that control the cutting height. The gauge wheels are there to hold up the rear of the deck at whatever height the Operator specifies on the adjustment lever but if there has been bending/twisting to the adjustment components, then the numbers on the height adjustment are no longer correct.

Other issues can be badly worn/elongated holes in the mounting frame for the deck where badly worn pins go through. Worn out or WRONG gauge wheels will also upset the cutting height. A mower deck is no different than the engine in a car. If you want it to perform like new, then you have to repair it back to "like new" condition. If you were to price a brand new RM 44 deck for you Ingersoll, the price at the dealer would likely be around $1400.00 plus. You own a premium tractor with premium components. Most of the rebuilding process is labour. You have to drill out the oversize, irregular shaped holes and put bushings in them along with new pins, washers and hairpin clips to hold them in place. The rotary mower parts manual in the Tech Section will show you what parts were used originally to manufacture your deck.

The Operator's Manual, also in the Tech section, will guide you on how to set up your deck so that it cuts the way it should.

You do not mow in the Float position. You lower the deck to the ground and then centre the bell-crank lift pin in the long slot of the lift link. That allows the deck to float up and down instantly with no interference from the lift cylinder. This is why those long slots are there. The deck cannot move oil in or out of the lift cylinder fast enough when the tractor is at mowing speed.

We can't tell you what's wrong with your deck because we are not there to view it, to make measurements, to use straight-edges, levels, measuring tapes, squares etc to check all the known problem areas. That's up to you to do. Common sense tells you when a hole is round and snug-fitting compared to one that is more of a slot than a hole. The instruments mentioned will help you determine what is bent or not square or does not measure the same on both sides. Maybe you have the wrong diameter gauge wheels. Maybe the wheels you have are so badly worn out, they don't support the deck properly any longer.

Feel free to ask more questions.
 

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Hi Tom and Rick,
I plum forgot about the guide wheels!!! They wear on both the bolt and the ID of the plastic wheel. For years I have been using brass bushings in the plastic wheels and drilled bolts so I can grease them, no problems since. Now they wear out on the outside from dragging across pavement. Properly maintained and adjusted Case/Ingersoll decks are in the top 5% for quality of mowing and overall durability. As Tom has said, the entire system needs to be in good condition. I have totally reworked several decks plus my own N46 and RM48, you need to look at everything.
Bob MacGregor in CT :mrgreen: :mowlawn:
 

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I think Tom touched on the source of your cut quality problem, mowing in float. When you hit a high or low spot the mower can't move fast enough. Follow his advice and I'll bet your problems will disappear.
 

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Something Tom touched on is the gauge wheels, are they set to the desired height? These decks are designed to ride on the gauge wheels while cutting as opposed to hanging in mid air on the cheaper lawn mowers. They (the cheaper mowers) should ride on the gauge wheels also but most don't because of incorrect set up, but the mechanics of the mower keep them somewhat where they belong. Check gauge wheel settings and level the deck. The manual is in the tech section (I think, I haven't looked for that one). Keep us informed on what you find.
 
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