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Old 07-24-2012, 08:12 PM
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If they want taller...should have went with something else.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:19 AM
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If you have a reel. If not, don't bother. Bermuda will never look its best cut with a rotary...I don't care what kind of rotary mower or who tells you otherwise.
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It looks even better cut with a Honda H series walk behind. If someone is not going to maintain warm season grass with a reel, they are better off keeping st augustine or centipede. Common bermuda can look fabulous mowed with a reel at an inch, kept irrigated and fertilized. I never understood the concept of having a lawn if it is going to be dried out and starved. Might as well grow weeds.
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:23 AM
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I just PM'd Duekster the other day about a push reel. I have a 30" Legacy reel with 6.5 Honda and its just too big for my lawn...I'd like to try a people powered reel.

If I don't like it I have a 20" trucut that needs grinding I could use.
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I once used an American 7 blade reel to mow my Tifgreen. 2000 sq ft or so, not putting green flat. It was doable, however it was a serious workout and I really do not need to lose weight. I much prefer my McLane with a front roller.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:33 AM
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I once used an American 7 blade reel to mow my Tifgreen. 2000 sq ft or so, not putting green flat. It was doable, however it was a serious workout and I really do not need to lose weight. I much prefer my McLane with a front roller.
Doesn't sound like something I would enjoy after cutting grass all day....next...
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:50 AM
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Well then, get that Tru-Cut relief ground and backlapped. With the McLane, I am mowing with almost one hand.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:52 AM
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Well then, get that Tru-Cut relief ground and backlapped. With the McLane, I am mowing with almost one hand.
I think I'll do that. For my 3k front and 1k side the 30" is just too big.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:08 AM
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The only time I have seen a reel wider than 20 being useful is on regularly shaped and totally flat lawns over 5,000 sq ft. If there are obstacles, hills, and spaces less than 5,000, a wider reel is a handful.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:25 AM
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The only time I have seen a reel wider than 20 being useful is on regularly shaped and totally flat lawns over 5,000 sq ft. If there are obstacles, hills, and spaces less than 5,000, a wider reel is a handful.
With my lawn be long and narrow with a gentle swale running longways through it I have to go back and forth on the short side so not to leave reel marks...it's just a bunch of turning around.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:45 AM
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Easy---Mow it every 5 days, water when it shows stress, use a form of nitrogen broken down buy moisture and heat so it will not burn, use a sharp blade at all times. Tif 419 is very easy to maintain.

I use a Toro HD Commercial and a Honda Commercial with the Toro being used the most often because it gives a better cut imho. Use the Honda to do the first cut if it gets a little long and I can’t mow it to the 4 to 5 day schedule. This grass is mowed both vertically and horizontally every time---yes it takes some time but it looks better than the average yard.
My grass is mowed at 1.5 inches no higher.

If you want to PM me with a number I will be glad to discuss this with you because it can be done with a rotary mower. Growing up I had a putting green in the back yard (Tifway) and was an expert with a Jacobsen 21 Manor Mower lol.

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Old 07-26-2012, 03:45 PM
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With my lawn be long and narrow with a gentle swale running longways through it I have to go back and forth on the short side so not to leave reel marks...it's just a bunch of turning around.
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20 inches is about the best for that. I can imagine what a rotary deck would to to it. Even on lawns that are not topdressed and putting green flat, a reel looks better than a rotary.
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