Deck setting for stripes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnandplow42, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 508

    I once heard you produce better stripes if the front of your mower deck is 1/4'' lower than the back of it. Is this true?
    Anyone do this?
  2. WisconsinMower

    WisconsinMower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    You should always make sure that the front of your mower is lower than the back. Somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 inch. If the front of your blade is angled up you are double cutting the grass, causing more wear on your belts and engine. With the front of the blade tip angled down you are cutting to that height as you move forward and the rear of the blade will not be touching any grass therefore speeding up the tip speed and reducing wear.
  3. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 653

    I use the factory setting right out of the manual on my BobCat, and it stripes nice. The mechanics behind the stripe is the grass is bent over. So what ever you can do to bend the grass over in one direction is what you want. Iv found that taking to much off makes a bad stripe.

    If the grass is kind of high, and I raze the blades up so I don't take much do I get a mean stripe.
  4. johnnyusa

    johnnyusa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    yes it is true. also better discharging in damp grass.

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