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Old 09-09-2010, 03:53 PM
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Side discharge improvements?

Hey guys, this is my first post, and I have a couple questions.

I'm "that neighborhood mower guy" but I still have a decent amount of mowing to do. I run a gravely pro turn 152 and It's great, absolutely no problems, and the quality of cut is ridiculously good. The one problem is that the mower shoots the clippings over a 6-8 foot span (a good thing... usually) and when the grass is long (which it usually is, since I mow once a week) the clippings cover most of the grass, and the striping kit I purchased doesn't even make an impact. I know gator blades are supposed to chop up clippings more when side discharging, but I'm using high lift blades to get the best stripe. Is there any compromise between the two? I don't have anywhere to put the clippings, so bagging is not an option, and I would prefer to side discharge rather than to mulch (I've had bad experiences with mulching.. grrr!) Is there anything I can do to keep the stripe and cut down on the amount and size of the clippings? If so, can you give me the type of blades that would fit on my mower? Thanks a lot.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:10 PM
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you can try running double blades in a + on each spindle......helps reduce clipping size
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:33 PM
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What kind of grass are you cutting? It makes a difference in the possible cures.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:36 PM
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after you done cutting - pick-up deck, make few passes over ('blow-off' discharge), it will chop and hide it under the grass (if its wet, try to give discharge some time to dry out a bit)
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:48 PM
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How about cutting more frequently?
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:22 PM
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dont mow so low
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:15 PM
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I mow at 3.5". Is that considered low? And I live in Iowa city, but I don't know the exact grass type.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:17 PM
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I mow at 3.5". Is that considered low? And I live in Iowa city, but I don't know the exact grass type.
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Most likely a cool season grass, you need to find that out first.

3.5" would be too tall for bermuda grass here in the south.
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Old 09-10-2010, 07:41 AM
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I am pretty sure I mow bluegrass.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:03 AM
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after you done cutting - pick-up deck, make few passes over ('blow-off' discharge), it will chop and hide it under the grass (if its wet, try to give discharge some time to dry out a bit)
i second that, double cut in different direction...i do it all the time and the lawn looks like it was bagged when i'm done.
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