Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-21-2003, 01:11 AM
HOLE IN ONE HOLE IN ONE is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: KANSAS
Posts: 10
help

I just put a double blade kit on my 36wb. gator blade on top regular on bottom. when I mowed it left very distinct stripes, but the light colored stripes look like the tips of the grass are torn bad. it looks as if it scalped the grass. I can not figure out how one pass can look fine the grass green and cut fresh . and the other pass looks ragged and dull cut. has anyone experienced this before when using double blades.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-21-2003, 01:56 AM
roscioli roscioli is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Posts: 749
um.. that makes absolutely 0 sense.. there is somethign else wrong, sharpen your blades, and use thread titles that actually explain your question.
__________________
Michael Roscioli
Sold my landscape business in 2003
Live for today, because tomorrow only exists in your imagination, and yesterday only in your memory.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-21-2003, 10:40 AM
HOLE IN ONE HOLE IN ONE is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: KANSAS
Posts: 10
the blades are brand new. I know it makes no sense,it has me stumped that's why I posted the thread help. is everyone stumped because there is only reply and it was no help
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-21-2003, 10:53 AM
madmow madmow is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 44
I also have no clue, but post something more than HELP-- I only looked at this cause it was on top, not because it caught my attention. Post again with a partial question in the thread title.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-21-2003, 07:37 PM
LawnMower's Avatar
LawnMower LawnMower is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Newport RI
Posts: 652
It makes plenty of sense. Now you were saying that the lighter stripes look like the grass was torn? Remember that the light stripes look dark when you look at it from the other angle. When you look at it from the other angle do the lighter stripes still look torn? If they do, then all the tripeís have torn grass. Now that mystery is solved.

However why is the grass being torn? It could be that you donít have the horsepower to spin double blades. If youíre lacking some horsepower, then they may not be spinning fast enough, and will rip the grass. Also, now that you have another blade on the spindle, the mower is cutting a little lower then before using the same setting. If you put the mower at a lower setting then you had it last week, it will look like heck this time of year. Youíre taking too much off.
If the blades are not spinning fast enough, then it will be even worse.
My 2 cents.
__________________
John Erik Nelson Properties LTD
401-749-0101
Newport
Rhode Island

2003 Ford F350 Dully V10 4+4
2003 Bobcat 61 inch ZTR, 25 horse Kolher
2002 Bobcat 54-inch walk behind, 17 horse Kawasaki
Stihl Back blower
2 Stihl strait shaft weed whackers
Stihl Chain saw
Little wonder hedge trimmer
Toro 22
9 foot Fisher plow
12+6 trailer
Red Max 8000 blower
Protero grass catcher for ZTR
Easy Dumper insert
water tank and pump set up for truck
Magna matic blade ballancer and grinder
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-21-2003, 07:44 PM
tiedeman's Avatar
tiedeman tiedeman is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: earth
Posts: 8,753
I have actually had problems with my gator blades ripping the lawn as well. I don't know what it is about them, but sometimes, not all the time, they will rip. So try a different set of blades other than the gators first to see whether or not that is the problem
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-21-2003, 09:53 PM
HOLE IN ONE HOLE IN ONE is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: KANSAS
Posts: 10
Hey guys thanks for your input. the lighter stripes are yellow looking from both directions. what i don't understand is why is one stripe looks perfect dark green nice sharp cut on end of grass blades and the stripe right next to it where i came from the other direction looks scalped. I also did not compensate for the xtra blade and raise the deck,but if it were cutting to short would'nt the grass look yellow and torn on both stripes?If i knew how i would post a pic. oh I forgot my gravely has a 13 hp kaw.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-22-2003, 12:15 AM
greenman greenman is offline
LawnSite Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Little Rock, AR
Posts: 1,405
Quote:
Originally posted by LawnMower


However why is the grass being torn?
Did you sharpen the new blades before you put them on?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-22-2003, 12:54 AM
roscioli roscioli is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Posts: 749
Quote:
Originally posted by LawnMower
Remember that the light stripes look dark when you look at it from the other angle.
LMAO LawnMower... hahaha. I didn't even think to say that.
Sorry I wasn't helpful in my first post, I wasn't in a good mood at the time. Are you changing mowing patterns often? Maybe you are creating ruts and are somehow lower in one direction than the other. Or perhaps its not something to do with your mower, but just a coincidence, perhaps it was over/under fertilized, on some stripes, but just is a coincidence that your mower falls in the same lines that the fertilizer was applied in.
OR, perhaps you always mow in one direction, and the grass lays flat down in that direction, and is longer than your blade height because of the lack of lift, but now that you have doubles on, and so much more lift, it is pulling that grass up straight, and hence it is much shorter now than it used to be, even though walking on it, it seems to be the same length. Once in a while I try to get into the areas that I have to follow the same pattern every week (a tight area for example), and use my blower to lift the grass before I mow it, so if it always gets laid down by my tires, it will be lifted to get mowed this time...
__________________
Michael Roscioli
Sold my landscape business in 2003
Live for today, because tomorrow only exists in your imagination, and yesterday only in your memory.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-22-2003, 01:55 AM
Envy Lawn Service's Avatar
Envy Lawn Service Envy Lawn Service is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 11,042
Every stripe in that direction looks that way and every stripe in the other direction doesn't? Did you check closely, by this I mean walk all over the lawn, bend down and inspect the blade tips?

If so, would this lawn happen to be on a slope? If so, maybe the deck pitch may be shifting to near level or more when going up or down. That would be logical because the blades of grass would be getting cut, then torn or beat as the mower passed over them.

Nothing else I can think of really makes any more sense than that. Check your deck pitch and see what you have.
__________________
ENVY



"If you place a low value upon yourself, rest assured..... the world will not raise your price."

"The bitterness of poor quality lingers on long after the sweetness of cheap price is forgotten"
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:27 AM.

Page generated in 0.09602 seconds with 7 queries