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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnBoy89, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys, you have all helped me soooooooo much with my lawnmower and everything else.

    I keep hearing about striping, which I think I actually do pretty well since I know the concept. But I hear something that is aquainted with it, high lift blades? I hear people saying, do you have high lifts, or something like that. Can someone explain what they are. :help:

    Thanks.
     
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    They are a blade that has the rear edge curved up at a much larger rate than a standard blade. This creates more vacuum and stands the grass up while cutting. I have included a pic from eagle turf.
     
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
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    high lifts are also great for bagging lawns
     
  4. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Oh I see, now is this any better for striping?

    Also, wouldn't this cause alot more buildup under the mower?

    Thanks alot for the information.
     
  5. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
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    Not necessarily - but it also depends on what conditions you are mowing in. I have a Hi-Vac 21" mower and the deck is very clean - I'm thinking this is because there's always other leaves and clippings clearing the "sticky" stuff.

    Seth
     
  6. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
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    I second that. Seems like the extra "Grit" helps keep stuff from sticking.
     
  7. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've heard it makes the stripes more defined, is that true?

    At first I thought that high lifts were just any type of blades but raised up under the deck. I looked under my deck and noticed that you can raise the blades from just underneath, without actually moving the whole deck. Is this a good idea? I would have to lower the whole deck more and raise the blades underneath. I would have to lower the deck itself about 2 inches. Would this scalp more? Has anyone done this?
     
  8. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
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    I've never head of raising the blades from underneath without moving the whole deck. What mower is this again? If I were you, I wouldn't mess with the height of the blades - just adjust the deck height if you want to adjust the height of cut.

    Hi-lift blades are just another type of blade. The hi-lift means that the airflow generated by the blade spinning around creates a better "up" air-flow. You will hear people talk about standard lifts, mulching, and etc. on this site - that just means the blades are designed to move the air differently under the deck. (basically).

    Once again, as metro lawn said: "They are a blade that has the rear edge curved up at a much larger rate than a standard blade. This creates more vacuum and stands the grass up while cutting. I have included a pic from eagle turf." This will give you a somewhat better stripe because the grass is pulled up by the airflow, and then laid down by the striping kit/ (on 21" mowers there is usually a flap dragged along that doubles as a safety device.)

    There are a couple of companies that make striping kits that you can add to mowers, but you need to know which one to get. Sometimes though, it's impossible to buy a striping kit for your mower (or it isn't practical). Some people on this site have made striping kits themselves by welding and such.

    If you still don't understand this, do a search - there are tons of threads about striping on Lawnsite.com.

    Seth
     
  9. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sorry about the late response but thanks alot I understand now. I took my blades off the other day and they definetly look like high lifts, that's probably why it stripes so well.
     

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