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Stander blade suggestions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shady Brook, May 22, 2003.

  1. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    I have a 36 stander, and do enjoy it, but have found that if the grass is very tall, or wet it blows chunks like crazy. In reality, it is pointless to try to cut if it is both tall and wet. I have used Raptors, factory blades, scag highlifts, exmark highlifts, gaters and scag highlift doubles, factory blades paired with raptors, and seem only to make an enourmous mess.

    I realize wet conditions make things a real pain, but I have to mow in heavy dew at times, and am very frustrated. I would be happy if it would nicely discharge heavy growth, but it does not even seem to do that real well.

    I would enjoy reading any suggestions.

  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    jay--perhaps you expect too much from you stander under the conditions you describe.

    there was a recent thread where a member seemed to be doing miracles with tall, heavy, wet grass but I dunno. there are lots of factors in every situation.

    I'd suggest slowing down and/or using the highest lift and most agressive discharge blades. good luck.

  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517


    Your probably right GEO, I guess I read alot of hype about the machine before buying it, and expected it to be much better then my scag's with standard decks. The deck design is very similar, if not identical to the scag, but does not seem to perform as well in those conditions.

    I know what you mean about the threads that imply you can do amazing things..... Where I live, with the grass growing as it is, there is no magic bullet. You wade through the monster growth, and hope you can survive til the grass slows down a bit.

    I have the exmark high lifts on now, maybe that is as good as it gets.

  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,673

    Just so happens that I had a conversation about this very subject today with another LCO. He said he uses only 3" wide, heavy duty, high lift blades on his 36" and 52" Wright Standers. He said those are the only blades he has been happy with in conditions you have described. I did not ask him if those are Wright blades or aftermarket blades.:)
  5. What thread were you guys reffering to?

    I did a search, but couldn't find it.

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