Mowing Wet Grass

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

  1. Hitsy

    Hitsy LawnSite Member
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    What's the best way to cut wet grass, dew in the morning. I have an Exmark Lazer Z 60in.
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    There is no good way to cut wet fescue. You just have to be prepared to rake up the clumps and/or stop often and clear the bagger shoot. There is no magic secret to it.
    Other grasses are not as bad
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Best way (if there is one?) is to use sharp, straight highlift blades.
     
  4. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
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    This post seems to be a EVERYDAY TOPIC,not trying to be a smart a$$ or anything,but why not let it dry out before cutting?Because,the time you spend rakeing or uncloging the chute line ,relax let it dry....should take the same amount of time! :cool:
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Simply because we don't have that luxury to wait until 12 noon each day to begin mowing.
     
  6. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    I don't think tall fescue ever dries out lol. I haven't had much luck with high lift blades on it either. High lift blades do cut down on the clumping areas though. Sometimes it just throws them farther. I have gotten so I turn down tall fescue yards. Not that many in the south anyway. YOu just about have to cut it 2 times a week when it rains alot
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree with ya there Charles.
     
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Call roy at Meg-mo.com I have had good luck with his blades in wet.

    John
     
  9. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah when yards dont dry out till noon, it makes it hard to cut them. Your too busy to start at noon everyday, but you dont want to spend forever at wet yards. I have had fairly good luck with running gator mulchers and with an open discharge. Worst case is I would have to double cut to break up the clumps, which is still faster than raking or blowing the yard and more productive than starting late. There really is no perfect way to cut wet grass, because clumping is going to happen. This just works best for me.
     
  10. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
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    I actually think I had better results on wet grass with cheapo thin no lift blades from lowes. They didn't seem to pack the wet grass up unto big clumps like gators and high lifts. I think the high lifts throw the wet grass to high so it catches the top of the deck and builds up, then dumps a big grass turd.

    Another theory I just thought of, is maybe if you cut back your RPM's the clippings would not get as stuck together.

    Maybe one of the manufacturers will design a deck made to cut wet grass? Hint hint..

    Botom line, either wait to mow or pick up grass turds.
     

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