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low lift blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by drains, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. drains

    drains LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    Would using low lift blades help with reducing blowout? I'm tired as heck with being absolutely covered in the blowout from under my deck. It has been dry here but its getting ridiculous. If I didn't wear a dust mask I swear I couldn't even breath! I gotta do something.
  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    What type of mower...........?
    Mulching kit or not....?
    We used to use the low lift straight cut blades for nothing but extracting grass through the discharge side only!
    If you are mulching grass without a mulch kit designed on the unit or the wrong blades, you will get a dirt bath............! Baffles, and air dam kits are purchasable for some models of mowers and the blades designed for them are purchasable also.
  3. drains

    drains LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    Gravely 152 XDZ 23 hp kaw 52" deck no mulch kit just discharging out of the chute. We got a couple days of rain but it really hasn't helped much. Thanks for your reply.
  4. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    Why don't you close the damper a little bit and then you won't get covered or don't mow into the wind
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  5. drains

    drains LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    I haven't noticed a damper anywhere on my mower deck. I will look though. I have the chute off of it to get maximum discharge so I can mow faster right now. As far as the wind I do try not to mow into it but I cant count on the wind being out of a certain direction for very long at a time, it varies greatly here and gusts at times. I just thought that maybe low lifts wouldn't pick up as much of the dirt as high lifts which I use now. I'm ordering some low lifts today and I will see for myself if it helps at all. Thanks for the replies.
  6. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    There should be a couple bolts by your discharge chute, if younloosen those you can pull it close to closed and it will disburs the grass less.
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  7. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Wait hold on here. Are you talking about blow out in front of the deck? I assume thats what your talking about. If thats the case your deck is out of wack and needs to be leveled and pitched correctly. Our 60" X-Factor deck has no blowout what so ever.
  8. twhitworth

    twhitworth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I'm in east texas also and have been getting covered in dirt and grass. I have a total mulch kit on my exmark and a mulching shield on my great dane. They both blow out the front and right into my face.
  9. drains

    drains LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    I have always gotten grass and dirt on me while mowing and thats no problem but lately it has been so dry here that clouds of pure dirt are spawned each time I make a pass and it lingers in the air for a very long time. The cut grass falls to the ground but the dust and dirt wont. I have started wearing a dust mask just so I can breath, literally. All I am trying to do is find a way to reduce the amount of dirt being picked up and thrown into the air which then ends up on me and everything around where I am mowing, cars, patios, patio furniture, etc. I hope the low lifts help if not I'll just pray for more rain I guess, although it hasn't helped so far. Thanks guys.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  10. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    The highest pressure area under the deck is between the left and center blades.

    The newer eXmark decks have an adjustable blowout baffle across the front of the deck.

    Try running low lift blades for the left & center blades and a high lift for the right blade.


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