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Published on June 30th, 2016 | by Brandon

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Scag Cheetah: How to Adjust the Cutter Deck

Have you found that your cutting height doesn’t match the height indicated on the index gauge? You may need to make an adjustment to the cutter deck to ensure that its actual height and the height gauge are matching up. Luckily for you, Scag has made this process quick and easy.

Specific models may vary in instruction and design. Be familiar with your owner’s manual for information regarding safety, warranties, and recommended maintenance and inspection schedules.

Remember to wear proper gloves and eye protection when working with or around blades!

  • Step 1: Place the lanyard pin in the 4-1/2’’ position on the cutting height index to check the cutter deck height. Allow the deck to move to the 4-1/2’’ cutting position by releasing the deck from the transport position.
  • Step 2: Measure from the floor to the tip of the cutter blade. If the measurement isn’t 4-1/2’’, use the deck height control rod to make an adjustment.
  • Step 3: Undo the jam nuts on each side of the deck height control rod.
  • Step 4: Keep turning the control rod and checking the measurement from the floor to the tip of the blade. Do this until the measurement is 4-1/2’’.
  • Step 5: Tighten the jam nuts on the control rod once the measurement is accurate.

Now that you’re sure the cutting height of your mower and its indicated index cutting height are matched, you can proceed to raise or lower the height to suit your individual cutting needs.

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