Too many clippings

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Justin5309, May 31, 2012.

  1. southgalawns

    southgalawns LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 110

    Also measure the blade tip, not the deck
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  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,822

    ....or else be really fast at getting the measurement:laugh:
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Here is how our M48 Tank cut when we had it.




  4. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
    Messages: 447

    Hahaha :drinkup:
  5. Justin5309

    Justin5309 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    In most locations I was attempting to go full speed. As a newbie I assumed that they made lawn mowers go 10 mph so that you could cut at that speed. I don't have much use for a fast mower then I guess.
  6. Justin5309

    Justin5309 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    This is exactly what I'm looking for. I don't see any clippings whatsoever. What type of cutting blade did you use and at what speed did you typically cut at?
  7. Justin5309

    Justin5309 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Okay, well let me ask you this. If I mow slower does this mean the grass that is being cut will remain under the deck longer and subsequently be cut up more timers before discharging? I ask only because it appears that the grass is being fired out the discharge chute as soon as it's cut regardless of how fast I mow.
  8. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
    Messages: 447

    You can get a mulch kit. That will help some.
  9. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 651

    This aint rocket science...

    If it dont look good do it differantly until it does.

    If it dont look good and you continue doing it the same way......well it wont look good. :)

    Slow down, raise the deck, get gator blades.....etc.
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,649

    I'm not sure, but it seems to disperse the clippings better is you travel slower. They clear the deck better. When you go fast, they pile up under the deck and pack into clumps.

    Some other tips: If you have only a few customers, make sure that you are cutting the lawn when it is dry...later in the day. If the grass is extremely long, try setting the deck height higher for one pass, then drop it to 3.5" or 4" for a 2nd pass. Or if it isn't super long, but you get a few clumps, cut at the normal height, then do a pass with the blades set up higher to disperse the clippings. Sharpen your blades, scrape under the deck clean. Don't cut in circles, you will concentrate the clippings. If you have to bag it, bag on the second pass, it will be easier.

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