Mower blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by siyaltrduc, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. siyaltrduc

    siyaltrduc LawnSite Member
    from Raleigh
    Posts: 39

    I am having some problems with that stupid wire grass. I have to double cut some yards because that wire grass just won't cut that great. I sharpen my blades just about every day. I was wondering what blades are the best and what works best for you guys.
     
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    are you talking about bahia? if so, it seems easier to cut in the morning or a
    few hours after rain when it is moist, my best results have been between 2.5 and 3". as far as blades, nothing i have found stays sharp long, but if you have to double cut, what works best for me is to cut a strip, then reverse direction on that same strip. it's one of the biggest pita's in this area, but also gives you work when nothing else is growing.
     
  3. siyaltrduc

    siyaltrduc LawnSite Member
    from Raleigh
    Posts: 39

    yes, I recon it would be bahia. I cut early this morning and the first yard went ok, after that it was down hill from there. I have cut shortly after a rain and it didn't seam to be any better. Even if I back up on the mower it seems to cut it better than going foward but the grass clumps up under the deck. I hate that grass because I feel like it takes much more time.
     
  4. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    welcome to the south!! this is what you're referring to, correct?[​IMG]
     
  5. siyaltrduc

    siyaltrduc LawnSite Member
    from Raleigh
    Posts: 39

    yes, thats it.
     
  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,458

    Bahia is the toughest grass in the South.

    Here are some things to aid in getting the most out of your mower:

    Go thru the basic deck adjustment process

    1. Check your owner's manual for exact tire pressure.

    2. With the mower on a flat surface and the blades pointed fore and aft,
    measure from the tip of each blade to the floor. The blades should be
    .125" to .250" from the floor. This is the optimum rake for best cutting.

    3. Check the engine rpms with a tachometer and adjust to the mower
    manufacturer's recommendations.

    4. Sharpen blades using a steep angle just < 45 degrees and balance the
    blades. The proper way to balance the blades is to check for balance
    prior to sharpening, sharpen the lightest end first, then sharpen the heavy
    end.

    5. Compare OEM blade performance with after market blades. Remember,
    after market blades are different to OEM blades.

    This certainly isn't a cure all but it will eliminate most of the problems that cause a bad cut.

    Oldtimer
    Pay your taxes, I'm on Medicare
     
  7. mowpart rep3

    mowpart rep3 LawnSite Member
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    you should use a high lift blade look at mowpart.com you can find some there
     
  8. scholzee

    scholzee LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 130

    I am confused on # 3 you mean the front of blade should be pitched down .125 to .250 from the rear. My blades are front of deck 3" from floor and rear deck 3.25" from floor.
     
  9. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Posts: 1,020

    That is what he meant. Best way to leave deck is to put on level ground at cut height. Then put level on belt fore and aft. Bobble just to the back of line. More important to cut that grass is where blades are in deck. Lower the blades by 1 or 2 washer will make a lot of difference.
     
  10. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,458


    Since you are a dealer and so sure of how to correct the problem you should send a free set to prove the point.

    Oldtimer
     

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