Turf Tiger in heavy grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tacoma200, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I'm just now getting the Turf Tiger in some heavy grass. My neighbors lawn was already overgrown (6" and over in front) with wild onions sticking up amost a foot tall in places. He fertilizes very heavy and has a leach field in his sloping front lawn so it's one of my hardest lawns. My Lazer Z with 27 Kohler and 60" Ultracut will cut it after a week but when its thick I may have to spread the clipping in front.

    The Turf Tiger gave a very crisp cut, and spread the clippings out extremely well. I was pushing it very hard through the thick grass and yes even the 31 big block lost a few hundred rpm's at times but just lugged right through it with relative ease. This is the first real test for this Velocity deck and I will have to say I'm impressed. Not one clump and no missed grass. Considering what this lot looked like before I was really amazed that I didn't have to go back over anything. For really nasty lawns with overgrown conditions I'll have to say I've not seen anything any better. This deck will cut, move, and spread a tremendous amount of grass at near full speed.

    Was it as smooth as the Ultra Cut? Well on a normal lawn the Ultracut has a carpet smooth finish but it would have had trouble not clumping on parts of this lawn. So an a normal lawn the Ultra Cut may have been smoother but on an overgrown lawn the Scag big block with the Velocity deck was unbelievably effecient. Never hardly slowing down and I mean I pushed it. The clippings are larger than the Ultra Cut but not enough so that I felt I needed to go over it again. Of course this is just one lawn and it was dry, sunny, and 81 degrees today but I'm still very impressed. I was needing a mower for the heavy work and so far it's looking good but I won't know for sure until later on this Spring.

    The anti scalp rollers seem to roll excessively at 3" but maybe I can do some adjusting there. And yes I took it down to 3" with no clumping but it is hot and dry so well see when we get some moisture in the lawns.
     
  2. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Good to hear it's holding its own.
    Best of luck with it in the upcoming season.
     
  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks KLC, it looks good so far. It is much easier to mow strait on large properties than with the Lazer. Not sure if it is the seemingly longer wheelbase or the stiff handles that I have complained about for so long. If they help mow straiter its a good trade off. I don't care to admit if I've been wrong about thinking they were too stiff. When you get off an Exmark, Dixie, Huster, or Grasshopper the stiffer handles takes you off guard till you start getting used to it.

    Change you initials to KFC and move down here, you'll get lot's of business.
     
  4. jaybird

    jaybird LawnSite Senior Member
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    did you get covered with dust.
     
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    great post...

    you didn't happen to run a fuel test as well did ya? I'd be interested what your fuel consumption was with the bigger engine in your TT. I have the TT w/ 29 LC/EFI kawi.
     
  6. tacoma200

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    No but I will with in the next month and post a report. As fast as it went thru that lawn even if it uses more fuel per hr it is mowing more lawn in an hour than other mowers that I have used. At 9-12 mph it will easily out mow the 15 mph Hustler which would have been stalling out with even their largest gasoline engine available. I used the Hustler Super Z on this same lot and it would loose rpms on the slope even without the blades engaged. Maybe on flat ground with low growth the Hustler may have kept up but even then the Velocity Plus cut and dispersion is superior to the Huslter XR7 (or at least the one I had) in the turf we have here.

    In Hustlers defense I understand they are shipping different decks to different parts of the country which should help with the problems in Northern Grasses and weeds. If they could put a 30+ hp on the Hustler it would be a beast.
     
  7. tacoma200

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    No, the grass and onions are too thick and lush (but dry to the touch). We are just starting to get into that early growth and it hasn't really been dry long enough to get dusty yet. The deck has a little blow out in front that I didn't notice on the Exmark. The Custom Cut Baffle is adjusted all the way down (the way it was set up at the dealer or factory) which is suppose to be the position for leave collection and the most lift. I was puzzled that it didn't come in the middle position that is suppose to be the best all around cutting position. I see no reason to change it yet. There is no build up under the deck so far but like I said it is fairly dry.

    Cutting heavy Spring growth to about 3 1/2" will be the real test for the mower but I don't see that it will be a problem the way it looks now.
     
  8. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I wished I had taken a before shot but this lot was mostly 6" tall in front with onions 6-12" tall. It was uneven, spotty,as you would expect for a first cut but the front was very thick and lush. I gave the mower all it had and knocked it down to 3" in record time. Yes it was thick enough to slow the 31 Briggs down in places. If it does this good in mid Spring I will be very happy.

    I could not hardly mow this with the Hustler Super Z up the slope but I don't think it would have slowed the Scag.

    Scag-web-1.jpg
     
  9. puppypaws

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  10. green acres lawns

    green acres lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks good. My tt with 61" velocity deck and 27hp kawi cuts like that as well. I used to have problems with my Sabre tooth clumping with the 72" advantage deck until I took the turbo baffle off and opened up the discharge chute. Hasn't clumped since. Both leave a great looking cut if you keep the deck close to level and the blades sharp.
     

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