sticky grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KerryB, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Ok I have a yard that has rye planted. Not going to be a problem soon but for now its a pain.
    Anyone have any ideas about how to keep grass from clogging under deck. This rye has been fert by owner and grows fast. It seems no matter how I cut it it still sticks to deck. Thought about spraying underside of deck with diesal fuel. Any suggestions?
  2. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    well first off diesel fuel is HIGHLY!!! flammable so stay away from that. Think if you hit a rock and made a spark. That would be ugly. Make sure that the grass is completely dry when mowed. check your blades to see if they are sharp and maybe look into getting different blades if that isn't the problem.
    Also, maybe the problem is that your mower is underpowered to cut that thick of grass. :(
  3. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    I was assuming that if the diesal fuel was allowed to dry on the deck it wouldnt be a problem.
    The grass is completely dry, however rye holds a large amount of water.
    As for the motor its a 20hp w/46" deck.
  4. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    well assumptions can get you in trouble so i would try something else first, just change the blade set up and maybe the frequency that you are mowing the property
  5. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Been mowing twice a week. Think maybe i will try some sil-glide or mo deck. Ever tried these Bill?
  6. HLC

    HLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I can't attest as to whether or not the diesel will keep the grass from sticking however I certainly wouldn't let the flammability issue stop me from trying it. Anyone who has ever tried to start a fire with diesel could tell you that the residual fuel on the underside of a mower deck isn't going to cause an explosion.
  7. MuskTurfKing

    MuskTurfKing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    I agree that diesel would be hard to ignite, but it doesn't sound like the best idea, what if the diesel had an effect on the grass? I don't know if it would be enough to harm it but it still makes me iffy. Maybe some


    BAMARED LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206


    You might try diesel which has alot of oil in it. After it dryed, there should be an oily film on the underside of your deck. Seems easier to just blast it with some WD40 and give it a try.

    I wouldn't worry about the diesel fuel catching fire or anything - no more than what's going to be left on the underside of your deck.

    I don't know, that's a good question, though.


  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I am kinda a fire nut, and have tried different things. In about 5 mins after spraying on the diesel fuel the only thing there to burn would be the oily residue. I don't think that you would have to worry too much about an explosion, but who knows.
    Try the MO deck you mentioned. I just started to, so can't really offer you much as to how it works yet.

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