Do you agree with the eXmark Rep on Mowing technique???

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by milsaps118, Jul 9, 2011.


At the end of a pass which way do you turn?

  1. Turn into uncut grass, back up and start next pass

    76 vote(s)
  2. Turn into cut grass, back up and start next pass

    23 vote(s)
  3. Neither

    18 vote(s)
  1. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I ran into the eXmark rep this week at the dealer. Rep tells me the technique we use mowing is wrong and that "everyone he knows" mows his way. In all my 12 years of mowing I have never seen someone mow "his way".

    So......, lets take a poll and find out.

    Scenario: Square lawn, wide open, flat & no obstructions. Make 2 perimeter passes then mow left to right alternating passes.

    Poll Question: After your perimeter are done, when ur coming to the end of each pass, which way do you turn to set yourself up for the next pass back?

    1) Do you turn into the uncut grass then backup to line yourself up for the next pass back

    2) Do you turn into the cut grass, which would have been a previous pass. Then back up and to line yourself up the next pass back

    3) I just randomly mow until it's all cut
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    if you're not turning left, what's the point of having the zero turn?
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    1) Always turn towards uncut grass

    exmark rep probably should have been more diplomatic, than just blurting out your mowing wrong. Their is really no wrong

    It depends on what you want it to look like when done, if you don't care then is their really is no right or wrong way to mow.
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    trim edge is on left so..........what the heck does this mean?
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,919

    Depends what's on the outside of the square...if it's a driveway, steep bank, woods, parking lot, house, mulch bed, etc all determines which way I want my chute pointing when I turn. I think it's faster to just cut to the left with the chute blowing out, but if I'm trying to keep the grass in the area, then I'll turn right, back up, and continue.
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    He defended his statement by saying that, when turning towards the uncut side your wasting time because the mower has to travel further to back up and get aligned for the next pass. I fired back by arguing the point that it doesn't matter which way you turn, you still have to go through the same motions to mow...

    I agree with the last part of your response, there really is no "right/wrong" way to mow. I guess the point to the argument would be, what's the most efficient way to do it.....

    For the sake of this Poll lets just say the entire perimeter is bordered by a street. I brought up this point to the rep and his solution to this was, "make 3 perimeter passes then". Who does this....???:dizzy:

  8. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I run a mulch kit and make a perimeter pass last. I turn into uncut grass.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    some times i turn one way sometimes i turn the other, it all depends how i feel i suppose.
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,247

    One lap around and then I turn into uncut unless I'm going to make a mess then I'll turn it the other way.

    BTW, I just in the last 2 minutes of reading this thread I thought about this subject more than I have ever while mowing.

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