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Mowing a new construction lawn - considerations

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Jopopsy, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Jopopsy

    Jopopsy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Hey guys, I've been told that hitting larger twigs or sticks (the kind that are want to stick out of the ground on a new contruction lawn) will take a HRX's blade shaft and bang it up real good for lack of a shear pin. Is this true?

    You don't run into those types of things (typically) with a lawn tractor.

    If this is true, I may have to go small rider. My yard is rife with these sticks (and as the ground settles more I see more poke up). I can't handle the thought of a 730 dollar mower going belly up on the first couple of passes.

    Any thoughts?
  2. nmurph

    nmurph LawnSite Senior Member
    from ga
    Messages: 668

    i wouldn't worry so much about twigs or sticks that aren't attached in the ground. it may make a racket but i don't think it will damage your new mower. concrete chunks, which should be easy to see, and re-bar stuck in the ground (or other metal) can bend the crankshaft. i would walk the property carefully, then cut at the highest setting. then go back and walk it again..... i think you will be ok.

    i think what you really want is for us to say that you need a rider: ok, you need a rider.......go get it.....if you want to do it on the cheap, i so some good reports on the JD's at HD/Lowes for $2300.......i would spend another 1k and get a Hustler, but if you are on a budget for a walk behind, i know it is a tough sell to get you to jump to $3500........
  3. Jopopsy

    Jopopsy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Nah. I'm just stuck in Analysis Paralysis. Its down to the Honda HRX or that Snapper RER. Comes down to what I want to spend and how much time I want to be out walking around the property.
  4. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Stuff sticking out of the lawn? WTF!?!!

    I'd call up the contractor and tell him he better get his @$$ in gear and re-do the lawn, because if I had to, it would be REAL expensive.

    Seriously, on a new construction, you should have a warranty. And it sounds like your lawn is suffering from really shoddy construction practices.

    Tell the contractor he is going to be liable for the re-work from a professional landscaping company.
  5. zemzabob

    zemzabob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Good luck withe the new mower and yard.

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