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Old 05-12-2013, 11:23 PM
DavesPrecisionMowing DavesPrecisionMowing is offline
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Leaving tracks from heavy mowers in muddy turf

Anyone have any concerns with leaving tracks or small ruts in residential lawns?
The grass is dry when i mow but it is like a sponge underneath. We have had at least 2 in of rain here every week since I started mowing. My big mowers weight 1100 lbs and am leaving tracks even when I mow different directions each week.almost thinking of getting a smaller zero turn for residentials
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:27 PM
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Wait later in the day to cut after rain. Do these lawns have irrigation? If they do make sure the valves are not stuck open or broken heads due to blowouts or other debris getting in there once pressure in the lines has been restored. Could be all kinds of things. We currently are dealing with a few of these types of scenarios ourselves. But if none of that is true, cut it with a push mower or very carefully with weed eaters. We have done it and still do it. Had to do it on Friday. Takes a lot longer to do but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:37 PM
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No irrigation and I am mowing 2 days later after the rain still it is just saturated.
Going a day or two earlier and raising the deck as well. Still have a mess as the grass is growing 6 plus in a week
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:58 PM
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Glad I have my 800lb vantages instead of my 1300lb Deere ztr I had
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:00 AM
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Maybe time for an upsell and see if you can install a drain system to help channel the water away from everything then.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:31 AM
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I have actual air in the tires so the mower floats.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:20 AM
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I have actual air in the tires so the mower floats.
I have helium in mine, I can noramlly keep all four wheels about 3" above the ground.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:24 AM
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Heck----ruts in the grass/sod??? Ground too soft & mowers too heavy??

Wait until the middle of August----the ground will be so dry and hard then--that you can't blow a hole in it with Dynamite!!! At least thats what goes on in August here in the B'Ham metro of Alabama!!!
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:45 AM
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I have helium in mine, I can noramlly keep all four wheels about 3" above the ground.
Just don't forget to adjust the deck height accordingly
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:24 AM
Caddyshack Lawn Care Caddyshack Lawn Care is offline
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I know it's wet, but it drives me nuts to watch crews work in yards next to the ones I'm working on...and they're digging ruts with 700 lb ZTRs. When it's THAT wet, I know it takes longer, but use smaller, lighter mowers.
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