Side discharge improvements?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by thenewbmower, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. thenewbmower

    thenewbmower LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys, this is my first post, and I have a couple questions.

    I'm "that neighborhood mower guy" but I still have a decent amount of mowing to do. I run a gravely pro turn 152 and It's great, absolutely no problems, and the quality of cut is ridiculously good. The one problem is that the mower shoots the clippings over a 6-8 foot span (a good thing... usually) and when the grass is long (which it usually is, since I mow once a week) the clippings cover most of the grass, and the striping kit I purchased doesn't even make an impact. I know gator blades are supposed to chop up clippings more when side discharging, but I'm using high lift blades to get the best stripe. Is there any compromise between the two? I don't have anywhere to put the clippings, so bagging is not an option, and I would prefer to side discharge rather than to mulch (I've had bad experiences with mulching.. grrr!) Is there anything I can do to keep the stripe and cut down on the amount and size of the clippings? If so, can you give me the type of blades that would fit on my mower? Thanks a lot.
     
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
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    you can try running double blades in a + on each spindle......helps reduce clipping size
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    What kind of grass are you cutting? It makes a difference in the possible cures.
     
  4. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    after you done cutting - pick-up deck, make few passes over ('blow-off' discharge), it will chop and hide it under the grass (if its wet, try to give discharge some time to dry out a bit)
     
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    How about cutting more frequently?
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  6. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
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    dont mow so low
     
  7. thenewbmower

    thenewbmower LawnSite Member
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    I mow at 3.5". Is that considered low? And I live in Iowa city, but I don't know the exact grass type.
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  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Most likely a cool season grass, you need to find that out first.

    3.5" would be too tall for bermuda grass here in the south.
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  9. thenewbmower

    thenewbmower LawnSite Member
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    I am pretty sure I mow bluegrass.
     
  10. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i second that, double cut in different direction...i do it all the time and the lawn looks like it was bagged when i'm done.
     

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