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Kilman's
06-16-2007, 03:09 PM
Yards where you have Bahai, what in opinion is the best blades for cutting this grass, them tall strands you sometimes have to hit 2 or 3 times, just trying to save time..............................

okeefl
06-16-2007, 03:25 PM
We have alot of bahia down here in Florida. The best blades I have found are the lower lift blades, kept very sharp and mow a little slower. They are lighter weight so they wear out alot faster, but they seem to work better for me.

Kilman's
06-16-2007, 03:38 PM
so i guess high lift blades would be a problem

EMJ
06-16-2007, 03:49 PM
I use the "gator blade" and they do pretty well.

lawnboy dan
06-16-2007, 03:59 PM
gator here too

GreenT
06-16-2007, 04:15 PM
Yards where you have Bahai, what in opinion is the best blades for cutting this grass, them tall strands you sometimes have to hit 2 or 3 times, just trying to save time..............................

What brand/size mower are you using?

twj721
06-16-2007, 04:22 PM
Yards where you have Bahai, what in opinion is the best blades for cutting this grass, them tall strands you sometimes have to hit 2 or 3 times, just trying to save time..............................

some made out of Titanium might last and cut with out leaving shooters :laugh: seriously I have had the best luck out of gator blades Good luck guess it is still raining in Tyler ? been raining here in D'field all day

Kilman's
06-16-2007, 04:30 PM
44" toro floating deck walk behing and a 52" hustler ztr

GreenT
06-16-2007, 04:56 PM
44" toro floating deck walk behing and a 52" hustler ztr

1. Try low lifts on the Hustler and gators on the Toro.
2. Reduce your speed
3. Keep whatever blades you use sharp. I mean sharp. I you are cutting mostly bahia, you may need to sharpen every day. This grass is brutal on blades.
4. Increase mowing frequency. Growing season every 4-5 days. If you are cutting seed heads over 8" high you need to cut more frequently.

Under ideal situation Bahia can grow over 1 inch per day. Most mowers will not give you a clean/one pass cut if you are cutting every 10 days or more.

Good luck

Equipguy
06-16-2007, 06:12 PM
Flat or low lift blades, keep em sharp! and slow down. Try not to mow when its wet. Yea I know but it helps when you can.:weightlifter:

David Hartzog
06-16-2007, 06:17 PM
i just cut once and spray manor 1/2 dose per acre and i don't have to cut but every 3 weeks. I make a killing on contract mowing.

Richard Martin
06-16-2007, 08:52 PM
The best thing I've tried for Bahia is blades that are sharpened as close to the center as possible. The blades I bought from Mowpart or whoever were only sharpened for about the first 3 inches or so. They missed a lot of the tall stuff on Bahia that way. When I ground them down as close to the center as my blade grinder would allow almost all of the Bahia was cut on the first pass.

Frosty03
06-16-2007, 10:11 PM
I use hi-lifts on my Exmark 50" with the Triton deck. It does well on Bahia, but like others say...you gotta use a very sharp blade.

I try to put my Bahia yards (I don't have many) as my last stop. I change blades and put on fresh and sharp blades for that yard. Then the next day you have fresh blades for your other grasses where the edge is not so critical.

You do have to mow a bit slower, but if you have them sharp, it's not too bad.

hdhillin
06-17-2007, 01:51 PM
I agree, with bahia you have to mow slow in order not to have to double cut.

WJW Lawn
06-17-2007, 04:40 PM
Buy an EverRide...they cut Bahia like freakin butter!