Blade type

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tomogg, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. tomogg

    tomogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I need your help. I just started cutting 4 commercial lots in town. They alll have a lot of clover. I have mulch blades on the mower. I have to cut the clover up to 4 passes to make it look decent. I want to leave a lawn I am proud to say I cut it, but wondering if I am using thr right blades? And how often shoud I sharpen them? I want to but a sharpening machine, but at $800, don't want to spend this amount until I have income. Any idea? Thanks!
  2. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    Depends on how much mowing you have but I sharpen my blades daily. I just pull mine when I get home, and have an extra set sharp and ready to go. Then I sharpen the ones I pulled, and have them ready for the next day. I'll tell you it's hard to make a yard covered in weeds look good. What type of mulching blade are you running now? When a lot of weeds are present, around here I have to run high lift blades alot so I can pick up the weeds and cut them clean. I have a high lift gator type blade that will pick them up pretty good as well. The best thing is to just experiment with different blade types, because every mower brand deck is different and will respond a little different to different types of blades. I have had zero luck with low or medium lift blades in weed cover, just simply because it won't pick the weed up, and they stay laying down.
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    First you have to kill the clover to make that lawn look good when cut
  4. tomogg

    tomogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks, Binky. Actually, I don't know what type blades I am using. I bought the mulching kit from Grasshopper when I bought my Grasshopper. I installed it, and have cut maybe 20 times with them. Have not sharpened the blades yet, as I don't want to improperly sharpen and ruin them. But I just can't help thinking I need to get them sharpened.
  5. tomogg

    tomogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    How do I kill the clover? If I need to spray something, I believe I need a license to do this....
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You do need a license. Sub it out to a company that only does fert and squirt apps. Talk with the customer/property management and see if they are interested in having the clover killed off. If they are, either sub it out or give them the guys contact number. Or, jump through the hoops and get your license.

    Clover is a very wet weed and is hard to cut clean no matter what you're using.
  7. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Just use a vise on a bench or a c-clamp of some sort and an angle grinder(makita). $40. And with practice you'll get the angle just right enough. Try to sharper twice a week.
  8. tomogg

    tomogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks, that is what I thought about doing. My dad cut his grass for 50 years and did ok with the same setup. Guess we all try to improve on what we used to do, but grass is the same today as a thousand years ago.
  9. tomogg

    tomogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks, I do believe I will get my license. I don't like having someone else do what I could do, and maybe lose a lawn contract to them or their buddies. Seems everyone wants to undercut everyone else. I prefer to stay away from cheap cuts.

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