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cutting in wet conditions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by awm, May 7, 2003.

  1. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    A suggestion for those cutting damp high grass. Cut your rpm to about three fourths,and use a super sharp blade.
    This keeps my lazer from packing grass in the baffles. May not work for all decks but my lazer cuts cleaner and doesnt clump as bad with this method.this growing like crazy.
  2. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    Are you using mulch kits, or side discharge? Just wondering.

    What type of blades are you using, or have you found to work best as you have described?
  3. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    On my Scag the only way not to clump when discharging in this growth is a regular lift blade on bottom and a gator up top. Singles of either= clump city. I turned my RPM up yesterday and the doubles work even better! Stock pulleys but more like 3800 RPM, much better. Throws clippings much better and farther. It does real good at 3 1/2" even in this spring growth. They do real good, but the deck packs up alot in this wet stuff. Just have to reach under there with your hand (engine off!) every couple lawns and scrape off the bulk of it.
  4. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    Every lawn if you don't want to spread disease, crabgrass, etc.
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Always before I do the nicer lawns, but I won't waste my time for the bad lawns... they all have the same junk in them. Usually I clean the deck real good when I sharpen blades and do the nice lawns first cleaning deck as needed then do the weedy lawns cleaning as needed.
  6. contra

    contra LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    umm how do you change your rpms i have a lesco 36" belt with a 14 hp kawasaki
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I can't explain it. You'd be alot better off taking it to the dealer and having them do it.
  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    My Exmark never packs grass in the baffles. Somehow the mulch kit keeps the deck clean. I can run discharge and have to scrape it. Yep, the grass is growing like crazy.
  9. contra

    contra LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    i just discharged a yard yesterday when it was wet. it looked soooo bad, clumps were everywhere and even after a 3rd pass it still looked awful. i thought getting high lifts would help this, apparently not.
  10. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    I believe that the hi-lifts create more vacuum under the deck...thus creating more 'packing' of clippings to the decks surface. Once the weight of the clippings build up to the point of overcoming the vacuum's resistance (or you hit a bump...or disengage the blades) the 'packed' clippings then take a major 'dump'....usually exactly where you do not want them. :cry:

    After much experimenting in wet conditions I have come to think that I get the best results with a low-lift, VERY SHARP, blade and running the engine at about 3/4 throttle. I also cut at a higher than usual setting too...to keep the clippings smaller.

    I will NEVER, EVER again use Gators of any configuration (or any 'doubles' combination for that matter) in wet grass again either! The 'balls' of grass that were spit out were terrible!

    I run a 60" Lazer Z...BTW.

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