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advice for eliminating clumps

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sir mowsalot, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. Sir mowsalot

    Sir mowsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    I just found this site today, and it is such a help. Im hoping someone can give me advice on the best way to eliminate clumps as much as possible. I have a 48" wb scag. Is there a good set up for this machine to tackle this problem?
  2. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Get your backpack blower out after and blow them to break them up.
  3. Sir mowsalot

    Sir mowsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    I do do that, only i have a hand held blower. Are the backpacks much more powerful?
    Also i found that using the trimmer on some of the clumps will do a tremendous job. but my question was more on the lines of prevention of clumps
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    Don't mow when it's wet.... that's what the Ferris rep said once.
  5. GreenTurf

    GreenTurf LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 41

    buy a walker or toro rider with a collection system. It will take care of all your problems. I used to run over some lawns 3 times to break up clippings but just not as good as collecting clippings. Also if you collect clippngs its a good selling point to new customers.
  6. lawnscapes

    lawnscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    we often raise up the deck on the z's 1/2" above finish cut and run over the clumps ( only on yards that dont have to look perfect) or just use the blower.
  7. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    If you don't want clumps, bag the clippings. Or don't cut when it is wet!
  8. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    If you think your mower is clumping when it shouldn't then there are number of things that could be wrong... such as improper pitch, belts too slack, low rpms, etc. Check these things and make sure the underside of the deck is clean. If you are cutting weekly and at 3.5" you shouldn't be getting much clumping now.

    Good luck...
  9. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 657

    Gator blades help
  10. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    What year is your Scag? Yes a backpack is much stronger then a handheld.


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