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When would you NOT use high lift blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HighGrass, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Seems like alot of folks use em all the time, is there any time you shouldn't?
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    on dirt lots, for one
  3. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    fall clean up's, and when bagging.
  4. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    I use highlifts till the fall. I switch over to low lifts to keep the front blow-out to a minimum, when collecting leaves with my Exmark UltraVac.
  5. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    I hardly ever use them.
  6. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    Try exmarks mulchers with the anti blow-out baffel.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    High lifts until the leaves start dropping...then it's double Gators till the end.
  8. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    One thing I have noticed switching back to low lifts is that I use a whole lot less fuel. Also, I am able to turn on the blades at idle where high lifts will kill the engine. I only use high lifts when the grass is real tall in the spring and I may switch to them this week with all the rain. Really don't like them much anymore plus they are are LOUD.
  9. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,157

    Use highlift all the time, except as noted in the fall use double Gators when dealing with leaves.

    Considering how fast mowers go these days, I would think medium and especially low lift blades wouldn't work well. Up until the early '80s, most mowers used medium (sometimes low) lift blades. Riders weren't that common, most everybody used walkbehinds.

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