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    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"
    2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS 48" 20 Hp B&S
    Little Wonder walk behind edger (from 1960's)
    Weedeater blower
    Weedeater hedge trimmer
    Royobi 4 cycle trimmer/edger
    Redmax TR2350S trimmer
    21" push mower
    6x12 trailer
    2002 Ford Ranger
    Just starting out...

  • #2
    What mower are you using?
    Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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    • #3
      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.
      2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS 48" 20 Hp B&S
      Little Wonder walk behind edger (from 1960's)
      Weedeater blower
      Weedeater hedge trimmer
      Royobi 4 cycle trimmer/edger
      Redmax TR2350S trimmer
      21" push mower
      6x12 trailer
      2002 Ford Ranger
      Just starting out...

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      • #4
        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.
        Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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        • #5
          is the grass clumping in the chute as well or is it just leaving a trail?

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          • #6
            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.
            2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS 48" 20 Hp B&S
            Little Wonder walk behind edger (from 1960's)
            Weedeater blower
            Weedeater hedge trimmer
            Royobi 4 cycle trimmer/edger
            Redmax TR2350S trimmer
            21" push mower
            6x12 trailer
            2002 Ford Ranger
            Just starting out...

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            • #7
              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.

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              • #8
                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.
                Boughter's Lawn Care Services Mowing and Fertilizing in New Castle, PA

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                • #9
                  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.
                  2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS 48" 20 Hp B&S
                  Little Wonder walk behind edger (from 1960's)
                  Weedeater blower
                  Weedeater hedge trimmer
                  Royobi 4 cycle trimmer/edger
                  Redmax TR2350S trimmer
                  21" push mower
                  6x12 trailer
                  2002 Ford Ranger
                  Just starting out...

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                  • #10
                    Would it help at all if the bottom of the deck were sprayed with some non-stick lubricant?

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      2009 Exmark Lazer Z AS 48" 20 Hp B&S
                      Little Wonder walk behind edger (from 1960's)
                      Weedeater blower
                      Weedeater hedge trimmer
                      Royobi 4 cycle trimmer/edger
                      Redmax TR2350S trimmer
                      21" push mower
                      6x12 trailer
                      2002 Ford Ranger
                      Just starting out...

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