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Who makes a walk behind that cuts taller than 4.25"?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by sulz, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Like you I'm a homeowner. I have been cutting 3,5 acres for the last 19 years at 3.75"....!!!

    I have to wonder, WHY are you cutting at 4.25"?

    I find that to be rather tall for home grass.



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  2. vegandude

    vegandude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    Check out the front height adjusters. The exmark has the type that will last longer with fewer parts.
     
  3. sulz

    sulz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    It looks uneven the first couple of times you cut it that high in April, but by May it looks stellar. It's a tall fescue mix called Overtime from the Grass Pad in Kansas city. In late October I scalp it down to 2" and aerate along with a bunch of lime and gypsum. Cutting it short for the last mowing in the fall also helps keep the snow from matting it down too much over winter. Aside from fall, I always mulch at 4" plus unless I need a few clippings for the garden, then I'll bag once or twice. Give it a try. B patient. The first couple times you won't like it, but give it a chance to raise up and thicken up, then you'll be fine. It shades the ground better, saves more dew, chokes more weeds. Not bragging, but my neighbors say I've got the best grass in town. That's not all related to deck height, but I think it's a key factor. Grass wants to be tall, unless it's bent grass at Augusta National.
     
  4. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    WOW.... I just cut grass, and it looks pretty good..... LOL...

    good luck in your search....



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  5. sulz

    sulz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    FYI if I had an irrigation system and Kentucky Blue grass, I'd be cutting shorter. I never had as good of luck consistently mowing blue grass that tall unless it was super thick. The cut just wasn't clean enough. But mowing the fescue super tall works for me if it's fine and thick. It's probably not for everyone. It's just my opinion and admittedly I'm a freak.
     
  6. sulz

    sulz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Ok I bought the exmark commercial 21. She's a tank and thrashes nice. We'll see how it holds up. Ought to last 20 years mowing just 1 yard per week. Vegan dude thanks for pointing me in that direction.
     
  7. vegandude

    vegandude LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    I am hooked on exmark even though they are pricey. I got a 21 and a 26 and a 30 exmark. The 21 cuts really good in the rain. I did lose the rear end on it after two years but at least it was only $85 and about 90 minutes to put it and new wheel bearings in. They do make a bagging blade for that on top of the standard blade. Hope you like it.:drinkup:
     
  8. sulz

    sulz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Good deal. So far I'm pumped and really enjoying it.
     

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