What gives a better cut ride on or push mowers ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by paulsgrass, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. paulsgrass

    paulsgrass LawnSite Member
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    I have been noticing the cuts from ride on mowers are inferior to a push mower ?
    I cut side to side a company with ride on mower and me with a push mower. The push mower left a much better looking cut that was very noticeable. Anyone else find this and can explain why this is ?
     
  2. flybynite

    flybynite LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Weight and actual cutting width. That's my best guess.
     
  3. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Nope. My ztr and stander leave a better cut than any push mower I’ve ever used.
     
  4. GrassManKzoo

    GrassManKzoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Kalamazoo, MI
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    ^^^^^^This^^^^^^
     
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  5. GrassManKzoo

    GrassManKzoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Pictures or it didn’t happen :nono:
     
  6. kabrac

    kabrac LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
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    I think a lot of it has to do with first having sharp blades, and having a mower that can rotate that blade or blades fast enough, and also the customers actual lawn and grass type.

    Some yards just look better than others. Maybe their grass type, thickness of the lawn, just the way the Sun hits it and brings out the cut.....are all factors.

    And I will say that I have also noticed some actual riding lawn mowers, meaning the engine is up front, like small tractor type seem to cut just as good or better than some zero turn mowers. And same can be said for push mowers. I am not against zero turn mowers in any way, I just tend to notice things

    Btw, what kind of push mower?
     
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  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Gold Member
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    Many aspects of Quality of Cut (QOC).
    If side-discharging, then clipping dispersal is paramount.
    If mulching, then the fewer the stringers - the better.
    Striping is generally an eye-catcher.
     
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    paulsgrass

    paulsgrass LawnSite Member
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    Wish I had a picture. It was two corner lots with a long boulevard on the side of the houses. There is a rather large company up here and they would do one half and I the other . They were using ride on mowers and I a push mower. The difference in cut was night to day and I was actually surprised how bad their cut looked.
     
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    paulsgrass

    paulsgrass LawnSite Member
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    A couple of 2 Stroke Lawn boys self propelled.
     
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    paulsgrass

    paulsgrass LawnSite Member
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    You may have nailed it. I do not remember but believe it was side discharge as I was mulching. But could not account for the unevenness off the cut some grass was higher then other as is the blade was not cutting or cutting into chunks.
     
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