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letzgoblues
05-16-2010, 11:54 PM
The grass is not being mulched at all. I can mow a strip and the strip I just mowed next to me will be covered with clippings. I have adjusted the baffle. I have sharpened the blades and the cut is very clean. I have triple cut some lawns and there are still a lot of clippings. What should I do.
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Lbilawncare
05-17-2010, 01:16 AM
Sounds like normal grass to me, heavy spring growth. I wouldn't waste time triple mowing, just blow it out with a backpack blower.

letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 01:23 AM
It was not leaving this many clippings a couple weeks ago on the same lawns. Way to much to blow out. I have had to rake some lawns there is so much clippings left. Has to be something else!
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Darryl G
05-17-2010, 01:27 AM
It's just how it is. Rake, what's a rake? No way you should be raking clippings. Cut it a second time quick or bag it or blow it. Or raise the deck up a notch. Raise your discharge chute up. Lots of things you can do but raking shouldn't be one of them.

letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 09:28 AM
It's just how it is. Rake, what's a rake? No way you should be raking clippings. Cut it a second time quick or bag it or blow it. Or raise the deck up a notch. Raise your discharge chute up. Lots of things you can do but raking shouldn't be one of them.

There is way to much grass to just blow around and how do you explain the same lawn and height of grass that was previously used to be cut without tons of clippings. I have the baffle set on thick grass. I will try to raise the deck. I will need to get some more washers to raise it more.
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topsites
05-17-2010, 09:29 AM
Maybe now would be a good time to sit down and have that talk with your mower.

Darryl G
05-17-2010, 09:42 AM
I just realized you've had some wet conditions lately, so the grass is likely long and lush. The answer is probably that the density of the grass has increased and it's long and staying damp.

It does sound like you need to raise your cutting height until you can get on top of things. Just going up a half inch or so can make a big difference. Less grass cut off and more places for the clippings to "hide". If you don't have a grass catcher, you should pick one up too. Not necessarily to bag the whole lawn, but just to pick up any particularly heavy areas. What I do is try to mow those areas first and then let the grass sit on top and dry while I do the rest of the lawn. It's amazing how much it will dry out in just 15 or 20 minutes.

Are you running with your discharge chute down? You'll see that most LCOs have them up or entirely off their machines. You'll get way better dispersal of clippings that way. Another thing you may want to consider is running double blades. I do that from time to time for difficult conditions. Also, are you running high lift blades with an air foil on top? You should be.

ashgrove landscaping
05-17-2010, 10:13 AM
uummmm. you re cutting grass. that s what happens. Maybe try not turning your blades on. That might help.

letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 10:14 AM
I just realized you've had some wet conditions lately, so the grass is likely long and lush. The answer is probably that the density of the grass has increased and it's long and staying damp.

It does sound like you need to raise your cutting height until you can get on top of things. Just going up a half inch or so can make a big difference. Less grass cut off and more places for the clippings to "hide". If you don't have a grass catcher, you should pick one up too. Not necessarily to bag the whole lawn, but just to pick up any particularly heavy areas. What I do is try to mow those areas first and then let the grass sit on top and dry while I do the rest of the lawn. It's amazing how much it will dry out in just 15 or 20 minutes.

Are you running with your discharge chute down? You'll see that most LCOs have them up or entirely off their machines. You'll get way better dispersal of clippings that way. Another thing you may want to consider is running double blades. I do that from time to time for difficult conditions. Also, are you running high lift blades with an air foil on top? You should be.

Thanks for the info! I don't have a bagger but I have been considering getting one and I think I will. I recently sharpened my blades. The cut looks great but could that in any way effect how the clippings are cut up.
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letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 10:18 AM
uummmm. you re cutting grass. that s what happens. Maybe try not turning your blades on. That might help.

Wow thanks! Great idea! Why don't you try jumping of a bridge. That will be a better place than anywhere for someone like you. If you don't have something useful to say than STFU!!
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Darryl G
05-17-2010, 10:29 PM
Sharp blades will help actually....you never want to be running dull blades. You want to be cutting the grass, not beating it to death. It's just that the grass has really started to thicken up now and grow like crazy.

If you're cutting long lush grass, especially if it's damp, you really don't want your clippings mulched up too much or you'll have a real mess....deck clogged with mush and clumps all over. You should be glad that it's just long clippings you're having to deal with. A little bit of hay is better than clumps any day. I think a grass catcher is a must for any professional cutter. Not that I think you should be bagging every lawn all the time, but you should have one to use as needed. Accelerator makes really nice ones. You can get an extension for them for leaf season too.

Good luck and keep experimenting until you find something that works for you. Raking is just too time consuming though.

letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 10:51 PM
Thank you! I will check out accelerator I assume they have models for ever mower. I definitely could have used a bagger today. thanks again for the positive support.
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Grass Shark
05-17-2010, 11:08 PM
Clean your deck and coat it with silicone spray and slow down, the grass is clumping in the deck. The accelerator bagger will clog at the opening if you are shooting that kind of clumpage in it. I have accelerator baggers and they are great, but they will not solve that problem.

letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 11:15 PM
Thanks what brand is the best silicone spray.
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jasonki32
05-17-2010, 11:31 PM
Fluid Film works really well.

letzgoblues
05-17-2010, 11:36 PM
Fluid Film works really well.

Thanks
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Darryl G
05-18-2010, 01:04 AM
Doesn't sound like he's clumping. Sounds like he's just throwing hay to me.

Darryl G
05-18-2010, 02:03 AM
Thank you! I will check out accelerator I assume they have models for ever mower. I definitely could have used a bagger today. thanks again for the positive support.
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You're welcome. I can't say for sure but Accelerator probably makes one for your mower. Don't let the fact that they're aluminum scare you, they're pretty tough and sure beats the weight of steel like the Grass Gobbler, but I hear those are nice too. Somebody makes a plastic one too but don't know anything about those and forget the name. There's always Toro too. They probably have one as an accessory for your machine.