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Which blades perform best in wet or long turf?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by toby, Apr 2, 2002.


For long wet turf only.

  1. Low-lifts

    4 vote(s)
  2. Med-Lifts

    6 vote(s)
  3. High-Lifts

    23 vote(s)
  4. Mix & Match (different blades in different chambers)

    2 vote(s)
  1. toby

    toby LawnSite Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 66

    We get heavy spring growth & it is usually wet. Running Toros with SFS decks. No doubles due to blade bracket & electric clutch.
    Please vote on what you think the best blades for wet long turf would be.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Boy, that's kind of a tricky one, as I'm not real familiar with how those SFS decks work. I know they ARE known to work very well in extremely wet condition, because of the open discharg area across the front of the deck. (Which is also, subsequently, a downfall for normal cutting conditions, I'm told) One thing I CAN tell for sure, and that is to stay away from Gators for cutting turf, ePECially in wet conditions. They tend to gob the grass up, and spit it out in clumps. (Sometimes little balls of grass clippings). It just seems like highlifts would outweigh the others, as they would have the most lift to stand the heavy (wet) grass up and cut it clean rather than allowing layover.
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I chose Hi-Lifts, specifically FULLY sharpened to center, SOLID lift foil, Hi-Lifts. They will create the highest effective lift, and the best overall cut in any condition. This high airflow will help keep that front air tunnel in a high pressure condition, thus moving it out as fast as possible.
  4. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Go gator blades - they mow in the rain, dew, dry, and anywhere inbetween
  5. toroboy

    toroboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    i would have to say gator blades they seem to do a good job cutting up leaves and wet long turf
  6. visions landscape

    visions landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

  7. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    Ive had real good luck running standard blades with just a high lift at the discharge- it gives it an extra kick at the end to disperse the clippings better. Give it a try.:p
  8. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    As well all know, it really depends on the type of grass. If the grass is "whimpy" the gators will streak and leave uncut blades of grass. Also, depending on the amount of overlap from the front wheels pushing down "long grass", this can become downright a pain in the butt. I'd make sure to keep the left front wheel out of the new grass, since it pushes the grass down in the same direction as the blade spins and doesn't give the grass enough chance to spring back up. Naturally, if you cut the grass by how high it is rather than once a week whether it needs it or not, you can avoid the problem. I've found high lift blades that have that "slight coning angle" (a bit lower at the tip, compared to the middle) work better than a straight highlift blade.
    For Pete's Sake

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    high lifts for me
  10. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Is this your first year with a Toro 52 SFS? If it is you will love it for long wet grass. In my opinion Gators do not provide enough lift in the SFS deck. The Gators also turn the wet grass into mush and it clumps slightly. I like the High lifts all year in the Toro SFS. With this deck you need as much lift as possible. You might see some stringers and matted grass with Gators or low lift blades.

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