High Lift Blades & striping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jim163, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I'm on a mission to have better stipes help me out a little. Does anyone here use high lift blades? Do they stripe better than regular blades? Also I've heard lowering the front of the deck helps the striping effect, anyone tried either?
  2. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Your mower should have come with high lift blades brand new. The pitch of the deck plus high lifts work great. I never understood anybody not running high lifts anyway. More vacume=cleaner crisper cut.
  3. 2menandamower

    2menandamower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 247

    I have tried Gator blades and they leave a lot of stingers when mowing. I kept them sharp but you had to go so slow on the Z it kind of defeated the purpose of having a fast Z. During the Fall I use high lifts and gators both and they do a great job with leaves. But for everyday mowing I use the High Lift blades. I have noticed a stronger stripe with the high lifts also. Good luck to you.
  4. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Turf "striping" is only the reorientation of the leaf surface in response to the physical pressure of the mowing.
    Many factors combine to effect the "stripe", and one way to accent this is to pitch the deck or trail a roller or some other object behind the deck for additional pressure.
  5. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    In theory yes using high lifts will help. as pro street said, i cannot see why you would not already be using them in NORMAL cutting conditions. now here's why they help, our mowers are designed to raise the grass straight up and down before it cuts the grass. this is how when you run over matted down grass the mower cuts better than say a home owner 21" (it's all in blade tip speed). high lifts give your mower more lifting power High-lift thus the grass is lifted cut than the deck pitch comes in my toro z is about 1/4" lower in the back the lower back then lays the grass down in the direction you are cutting leaving a nice clean striped lawn...man i feel smart knowing that hope this helps you.:)
  6. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    We use 1/4" neg pitch in the front.
  7. Boonman

    Boonman LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 55

    As do we. If you pitch the rear lower than the front, make sure you wear goggles, you will have alot of blowout at the front of the deck. And I have found on every machine we have, and have ever had, that it cuts worse.... Clumping, doesn't discharge properly. I also run a striping roller on the back of the deck. Stripes like none other. (except maybe another similar setup...) You can achieve decent striping with no roller and a good machine, but a striping kit of some sort will give you the professional look you want. :headphones:
  8. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    i run a ghs like system no blow out at all
  9. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    You want the grass to be cut in the front side of the deck and not the back side.

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