2019 Scag Cheetah 61- Excessive Clippings (Help!)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DanDanDan, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. DanDanDan

    DanDanDan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Hi Everyone,

    Longtime reader, first time poster from Upstate, NY.

    In May, I made the plunge and decided to purchase a 2019 Scag Cheetah 61, with the 37hp engine.

    I currently mow a single residential space of 3 acres. No hills, flat.

    I've been dealing with excessive clippings that leaves behind an ugly appearance that we are not happy with. I have 17 hours on the machine and do not claim to be a scag master or lawn master. I have done some sanity checks here on my methods. I'd love to get some feedback from you guys.

    Do I need to purchase a bagger/clamshell ??? Honestly, I would have thought this mower would not leave "hay" behind. I really do not want to spend another $3,000 on accessories.

    - Deck clean
    - Mowing only when grass is dry
    - Mowing every 5 days
    - Deck height set to 3 1/4"
    - Factory Scag blades

    Please see attached photos below.

    Thank you for your insight in advance!


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    - Deck clean
    - Mowing only when grass is dry
    - Mowing every 5 days
    - Deck height set to 3 1/4"
    - Factory Scag blades

    Please see attached photos.

    Thank you for your insight in advance!

  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,358

    Can try mowing a bit higher. This provides a bit more room for the clippings to fall into.
    Can try some Oregon G5 or G6 Gator blades that will shred the clippings into smaller pieces.
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  3. Locke Lamora

    Locke Lamora LawnSite Member
    Male, from MA
    Messages: 124

    I'm in western MA, I mow at 3 3/4 and this week raised to 4 for the summer heat. I noticed even a big difference in that small deck raise. I agree with @Valk, you should raise the deck to at least 3.5.

    I use OEM blades too, no issues in 3 years with the machine. I mow a very similiar property it sounds like, but with some minor side hill stuff.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,004

    Since you are mowing a small amount put the mulch kit($300) on and mow CW starting at outside. If it is growing real fast mow often....since you got fast mower.
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  5. OP

    DanDanDan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Can you explain what exactly you mean by "CW"
  6. shadow6000

    shadow6000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I think he means clockwise.
  7. arl250

    arl250 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,125

    Raise the deck height . That seems quite low to me. I run all scag at the moment and mow everything 3.5-4.75 depending on the yard
  8. prezek

    prezek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 575

    All scags here, and rarely mow that low.
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  9. weeze

    weeze Banned
    Messages: 17,196

    usually mower decks cut lower than the height setting you put them on. while you think you are mowing at 3 1/4" you may actually be mowing at 2 3/4" or something like that. you can adjust the deck or just put the pin in a higher cutting position to offset it.

    it may be something with the type of grass you cut. if i mowed every 5 days my cheetah wouldn't leave a single clipping behind even mowing at 2.5"
    Mumblingboutmowers and sjessen like this.
  10. Turf Tracer

    Turf Tracer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,465

    2 blades per spindle in a + position.

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