Scalping bermuda?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bama Lawn, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Bama Lawn

    Bama Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Just got a 36 V ride having scalping issues on a bermuda yard at 2 1/4". I haven't rode the mower much, but I have less scalping with my 61" turf tiger. Anyone have any suggestions or had this problem with a V ride?
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would start with checking your tire pressure. Then measure the deck on a level hard surface. I have demoed a v-ride and the one I used was a 36 and it cut fine. I only used one for a few days so I have limited experience with one. I have 3 Scag Turf Tigers. You might also try switching blades maybe you have a bent one.
  3. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats pretty low, did you adjust the scalp wheels? The factory usually puts the scalp wheels in the highest position, for 2 1/4 they would need to be lowered. Check with the manual or the deck may have a decal indicating the setting for this height of cut.
  4. Bama Lawn

    Bama Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, I will check it.
  5. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Actually cutting Bermuda at 2.25" is pretty high. It causes a lot of stem growth and will lay down in a patteren when mowed in one dirrection. I will bet since you went fron a 61" down to a 36" you are cutting against the grain and with the narrow deck you are following the ground closer and hitting more high spots. After a few cuttings your problems should go away till you change size mowers again. When I start to scalp Bermuda for overseeding I always change dirrections and go against the grain and even just a tad shorter for the first pass looks like you dropped the mower all the way down.
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