Cutting or Ripping?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gene $immons, May 31, 2003.

  1. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was wondering about rotary mowers Vs. reel type mowers. When a rotary mowers blade strikes grass, isn't it really just wacking it so fast and hard that it "rips" it? Granted, the sharper the blade, the better the "rip" will be.

    On the other hand, a reel type mower provides a true "cut". Like the action of sissors, less fray on the ends of the grass blade after you mow over it.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Gean
    Try one in WET Grass Or TALL Grass, Let Us Know the results, But It Is the Best way to CUT Grass.
    John.
     
  3. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I own a couple of reels that we only use on our hybrid bermuda lawns. I was just considering the science of the cut. There is no way I'd give up my rotery mowers. I really don't even like using the reels, but they really make a smooth lawn look good.
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    There Great Mowers! but in the North east You Would Have to Cut every three days. But it does Look Like a carpet.
    john.
     
  5. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Yes, you're right.
     

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