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OldRedFord
07-27-2010, 12:33 AM
Whats the best way to deal with clumping grass, besides cutting more often? Would different blades help? All of the properties I mow are every two weeks.

I like to cut my lawns at 2-2.5"

mark123
07-27-2010, 08:08 AM
What mower are you using?

OldRedFord
07-27-2010, 09:48 AM
2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS. 48" deck. Blades are just the factory ones. Ive only got 14 hrs on this machine.

I guess that info would have helped a bit.

mark123
07-27-2010, 03:03 PM
Actually, I just wanted to know if you had a Toro 40" because there is nothing that can be done to prevent it from clumping. I returned mine and got a 36" to solve the problem.

Now with yours you could try some gator blades. When I had clumping problems with my 40" I tried some Toro Atomic blades (they are notched like the Gator blades) and it helped a little bit. I can't say for sure it will work but it's worth a shot.

lowermower
07-27-2010, 05:03 PM
is the grass clumping in the chute as well or is it just leaving a trail?

OldRedFord
07-27-2010, 05:08 PM
It is clumping in the chute mostly. I noticed if I have the chute up it about eliminates the issue. Just that I cant cut like that all the time.

I picked up some Gator Blades today. Ill try those when I get the mower back from the shop and report back.


I could try cutting the lawns later in the day but its been near or above 100 degrees here lately so I try to start as early as legally possible.

lowermower
07-28-2010, 11:09 AM
I have a few friends who cut with their chute removed, or up. It will eliminate the issue, but then you have damage to worry about. I only lift my chute when needed, and when I do I always make sure I'm pointed away from windows and doors.

I hear good things about gator blades, never tried them though.

mark123
07-28-2010, 06:04 PM
I just broke a rear window in my work truck yesterday by keeping the chute up. :( I've never chucked a rock before but I guess it can happen. That's a $150 lesson.

OldRedFord
08-10-2010, 08:08 PM
Aside from cutting tall grass...

One of the properties I mow weekly i have this problem. Come to find out they have a irrigation system. Had no clue about it till I showed up at noon today to cut grass and it was wet and had not rained. :eek:

Steve
08-11-2010, 07:48 AM
Would it help at all if the bottom of the deck were sprayed with some non-stick lubricant?

Like wd-40?

OldRedFord
08-25-2010, 10:39 PM
Ive found that going over the rows of clumps with the mower set 3/4" to 1" higher then the cut height disperses the clumps ok.