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Backwards!

Jerrys Lawn Service

LawnSite Member
While mowing and mulching leaves today my wife discovered
that if the leaves are so heavy that they are starting pile
up in front of the mower just turn your ztr around and ride
over them backwards, we're running a Scag Turf Tiger it really grinds them up nice. For some reason when your going forward they get chopped up some what but in reverse it seems to keep everything under the deck longer. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Good Luck!
jerryslawnservice@home.com
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
What happens when backing up is, you are feeding the leaves in from the back so the back of the blade are throwing the leaves towards the baffles instead of the open discharge part of the deck in the front. Since there is no discharge chute on the opposite side, this process turns a regular deck into almost a mulching deck. I do this with an OCDC closed and it grinds them to dust. It's a good post though, since this is leaf time. :)
 

awm

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
stanfield nc
My mowers are set up to mow reverse
as fast as forward in leaf season.
If you are just starting this take
it slow at first as it can cause
accidents.Its an aquired skill.
good leafing TM
 

Mowman

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Northwest Ohio
I LEARNED THIS TRICK JUST THIS WEEK. IT WORKS VERY WELL. I WAS IN THE SAME BOAT THEY WERE JUST BEING PUSHED GOING FORWARD SO I BACKED UP AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW, THEY WERE TURNING TO DUST. IT LOOKS KIND OF STUPID BACKING YOUR WAY AROUND THE LAWN BUT HEY IT WORKS. THANKS ERIC, NOW YOU EXPLAINED WHY. I HAVE LEARNED GREAT THINGS FROM THIS SITE AND APPRECIATE EVERYONES ADVICE I HAVE GOT FROM THIS GREAT SITE CALLED LAWNSITE. I HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE THE START WHEN WERE ON TURF-QUIP. NEED TO KNOW ASK THE EXPERTS AT LAWNSITE.
Mowman
 

Five Star Lawn Care LLC

LawnSite Bronze Member
when useing the Trac-Vac unit on the dixies backwards is the most effective direction for making a nice clean path. also haveing the deck just a little lower then normal
 


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