This video explains how to level the deck on your riding lawn mower. If your mower deck isn't level, your lawn could end up with an uneven cut, resembling slanted steps. That’s because the blades will shave the grass short on the lower side and leave the grass tall on the other side. Leveling the deck is relatively easy with the right tools. We’ll walk you through the process so you can get back to mowing your lawn.
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Hi, Wayne here from Sears PartsDirect. Today we're going to level the mower deck on a riding lawn mower. If your mower deck isn't level, your lawn could end up with an uneven cut, resembling slanted steps. That’s because the blades will shave the grass short on the lower side and leave the grass tall on the other side. To level the deck on your riding mower, you need a wrench set and a ruler. You also need a tire pressure gauge and air supply so you can inflate the tires evenly before checking the levelness. Wear work gloves during the procedure to protect your hands. Park the mower on a level surface and set the parking brake. Raise the deck to its highest position and disengage the cutting blades. Shut off the engine and remove the key from the ignition. Inflate all tires to their recommended pressures, so they’re at the same pressure on both sides of the mower. Uneven tire pressure can mimic an uneven mower deck, causing an uneven cut. First, we'll level the deck side to side. Position both cutting blades side to side and measure the height of each outside blade tip. The heights should be within 1/8-inch. If not, turn the lift link adjustment nut clockwise to raise the left side of the deck or counterclockwise to lower it. Each full turn adjusts the left-side deck height by about 3/16-inch. Recheck the blade height measurements and continue to adjust the lift link adjustment nut until blade tip heights are within 1/8-inch. Now that we’ve leveled the deck side to side, we'll check deck leveling from front to back. Position a cutting blade front to back and measure each blade tip height. The front blade tip should be 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch lower than the rear blade tip. To adjust, loosen the jam nut and then turn the front link adjustment nut clockwise to raise the front of the mower deck or counterclockwise to lower it. Each full turn of the nut adjusts deck height by 1/8-inch. Recheck the blade height measurements after adjustment and continue to adjust the front link adjustment nut until the front blade tip is 1/8-inch to 1/2 inch lower than the rear blade tip. Hold the adjustment nut with one wrench and tighten the jam nut with a second wrench. That's it. You've just leveled your mower deck side to side and front to back. Now, you can now get back to mowing without worrying about an uneven lawn. I hope this video helped you out today. Check out our other videos here on the Sears PartsDirect YouTube channel. Subscribe and we’ll let you know when we post new ones.