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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"
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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.
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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.
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is the grass clumping in the chute as well or is it just leaving a trail?
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Would it help at all if the bottom of the deck were sprayed with some non-stick lubricant?

Like wd-40?
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