Leaving stringers in shady areas of St. Aug

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by South Florida Lawns, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have always noticed in shady areas of St. Augustine my mower will leave stringers. I have narrowed it down to the blades of grass being weaker and therefore get pushed over. My mower just doesn't have enough vacume so its missing and leaving stringers. If I lower the deck I won't have any problems. but then the turf starts to thin.

    My buddy has the same mower as me and he has the same issue. I should get with him about it.

    Anybody else in Florida have this problem? Seems like the eXmarks don't have this problem.
     
  2. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You running a Toro?
     
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yessir

    44 SFS
     
  4. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ah. I was running a Toro Super Recycler as well as another guy on here. We were both stumped at how to get rid of those damn stringers. Such a pain.

    I put some Gator Blades on it and it helped as long as I kept them sharp every day. I usually cut around 3"
     
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It cuts beautifully 75% of the time with factory low lifts. Just seems like shady back yards I either gotta dbl cut or leave the stringers.
     
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not in Fla....but I run a toro with sfs deck and gators are the best on those decks that I could find

    wayne
     
  7. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
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    Exmark with notched high lifts works great.
     
  8. TandM

    TandM LawnSite Senior Member
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    I cut st. augustine and I don't have stringers anytime. I run a 48" cub with low lifts. I would try some high lifts. the toros don't have the vacuum that my scag has. The high lifts should take care of this.
     
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'll slap the highs back on. The blades I'm using now have more blade surface area. i.e the sharp part goes almost the whole length of the blade. I was told by my dealer and a bunch of other guys to use that type of blade in the summer. As it cuts through the thick grass better, with out bogging as much.
     

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