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preventing ruts

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ronslawncare, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    i got a 36 inch scag hydro sometimes ill make a tiny tear on the lawn on turns i can just stomp it down it wont be noticeable.how do you guys go about not leaveing ruts in the lawn even the grass gobbler sometimes might tear it up a bit.im going normal speed on turns should i slow down.my blades are sharp i know it from the tires or bagger .i know the scag is a heavy machine is there away to prevent this totally.....
     
  2. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    i guess everyone hear tear there lawns up
     
  3. script

    script LawnSite Member
    Posts: 115

    I try to make wider turns and just be more cautious, but I think sometimes it just happens no matter how careful we are. As far as those ruts that come from a soft ground, I try to switch patterns and directions weekly.

    Bobby
     
  4. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    ron. what you said isn't a rut, its whats called "turf tear" when making a turn use a 3 point turn or triangle turn ( both the same). about preventing ruts in a wet lawn. spray it with primo or embark. or another kind of pgr.
     
  5. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    three point turn ,basically never keep one tire completely stoped while turning what about tearing with the grass gobbler same thing.the 3 point turn make sence
     
  6. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 623

    It sounds like maybe the grass gobbler is bent and sagging possibly-check that out first.If not I guess just find out what kind of situations make it do this and take extra care around those. About Primo or embark what are they and how do they prevent ruts?
     
  7. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    thats a good point maybe the bottom of the cage is bent .ill have to check that out thanks .
     
  8. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    Ron,
    The problem you have is what 99% of hydro mowing operators do. In time, you may learn to truly "zero turn", which ain't easy. However, if you ever decide you don't like the way it leaves customer's lawn, and you start mowing for customers that won't tolorate the "accepted divet city", do yourself a favor and try a Hustler Hydro. True "Zero turns" are normal for a Hustler, and that's using just one hand, too.
    I've gotten more new accounts from "neighbor"s of customers that watch me mow, and ask, "can you mow my lawn without leaving marks in it, like my present service?". Naturally, I say yes.:p
    Pete
     
  9. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    so its the hydro thats the problem tearing it up if i had a gear drive this wouldnt effect the turf.im confused now
     
  10. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 623

    No it's the one tire being stationary and twisting on the grass. As you bring the the inside tire to a stop dont let it stop-reverse it- this gives you a tight turn and keeps both wheels moving- it's a little more difficult with a velke but practice makes perfect. About that gobbler check the bracket and the two posts on the catcher to make sure they arent out of whack- the bottom of the catcher should be even with the bottom of your deck. Hope this helps.:p
     

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