So I'm new to the forum, but not to operating equipment. I'm just not happy with the finish mower I purchased. Purchased a Branson tractor (I like it) this fall and a Tar River 5 foot finish mower (BFM 105). It was back ordered, so didn't get to try it out until this spring. Note I have been in contact with the company owner, but want the input of some folks with experience using a finish mower. Per the manual (and the company owner) it should cut a 58" width. No matter what I do, I can't get more than 48". Here are the details of my quest... The grass is NOT a jungle. Has some dandelions in it, which part of the issue. I changed the cutting height up-down. Changed the tractor ground speed. Changed the PTO speed to align with engine rpm to get 540. Sharpened the blades. (Manual says leave a blunt edge of 1/32 in.) Switch the mower to my Ford 2600, which has agricultural tires, thinking the industrial tires on the Branson were mashing the grass down too much, such that the grass wasn't vertical when hit with the mower blades. None of that has made any difference. It still gives me 48" and l get dandelion stems sticking up. My bushog gives a cleaner (5 ft) cut... and of course the garden tractor mower does better. Thinking I should have put the money towards a zero turn machine to cut my 3+ acres. BTW... I knew it wasn't top of the line, but expected better. Maybe I'm missing something, like the back of the mower should be higher or lower than the front. Appreciate any thoughts.