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Stragglers...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hartslawnmain, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. hartslawnmain

    hartslawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I have a Great Dane 52" w/b and it gives a great cut except for weeds of the "reed" type. By this I mean weeds that are like little stems. It doesn't miss all of 'em but a lot of 'em it does. If I slow down or stop over them, it will cut them. Sometimes, if they're real tall, I'll stop, back up and go forward over them and that takes care of 'em. I keep my blades sharpened regularly and the underside of the deck is clean. It has GD factory blades on it. I'm getting a little frustrated since it cuts the grass so good.

    Thanks,

    :confused:
     
  2. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,227

    ,,,,,,,,ummmmm ok!
     
  3. hartslawnmain

    hartslawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    Thanks for the help, ab-Norm-Al. LOL
     
  4. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,227

    you didnt ask for anything! you told a story about your mower!


    cool story thx!

    LOVE,
    abbynormal!:)
     
  5. hartslawnmain

    hartslawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    OK. If ya' wanna' get technical. What would be causing the mower to leave the aforementioned stragglers?
     
  6. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    You can either get used to this happening or you could try to have the weeds eliminated. Stop wasting your time with trying to make a weedy lawn look smooth. If the customer complains.. tell 'em what the solution is.
     
  7. hartslawnmain

    hartslawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    Lawn-sc...are you saying that this is common for all mowers? I realize eradicating the weeds would be the answer, but these are rental properties and the owner won't spring for that. I see MTD riders out mowing and I don't notice the stragglers like with mine. I just thought there maybe an easy solution.
     
  8. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    Yes.. it's pretty common for commercial mowers. As you mentioned the speed is one reason and another is probably your cutting height.

    You could experiment with different blades like high lift and see if that helps. Or you could try cutting a notch or two lower on the weedy lawns.

    I know you mentioned you keep your blades sharp but what does that mean? Razor sharp... daily? Try some razor sharp blades on a weedy lawn.....

    I've also read that lowering the rpms on the mower will help cut weeds better.. I've never tried it. Haven't had to :D
     
  9. hartslawnmain

    hartslawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I do sharpen the blades to razor sharp. I'm mowing these lawns at 3". I will try slowing down the rpm's.
     
  10. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    The deck on a 'Dane is too shallow to cut stuff like Bahia grass or other varities that have a tall seed head. Only real solution is to get a mower with a deeper deck. Sure this is not what you wanna hear but such is life.
     

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