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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:28 PM

Been the wettest August on record here (Not Complaining), but the grass has gotten out of hand. I was able to weed-eat and push mow the fence line and around obstacles yesterday, (4 + hours) and called it quits around 7:30 that evening with the hope I could finish the riding (most enjoyable part) today. Mostly a light drizzle, but the grass is wet and thick. I'll raise the deck up some (I usually cut it close). I know the deck will probably clog a couple times, but I need to knock this stuff down. Rain isn't supposed to quit till next Thursday, and by then I'll need a bush hog.

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:31 PM

I will not mow wet grass. But, it looks like you don't have that option. Wet grass is way harder to mow and leaves it looking nasty!


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:42 PM

Checked the oil, and tire pressure, and it started drizzling harder. :mad2:



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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:45 PM

Last weekend I needed to cut my grass. Got started. Sunny sky! Half way through within 5 minutes it clouded up and it was like a dam burst. I was drenched. I just kept going. I wasn't going to get any wetter than k already was
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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:47 PM

If I have to mow wet grass, I sharpen the blades again, even if it hasn't been long, obviously set the deck high,  I spray the blades and under the deck with silicone spray, and i stop every 10 minutes and respray what I can in the yard, it makes all the difference in thew world.  I have to mow really wet tall grass three or four times a summer.


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 02:51 PM

Wish me luck, I can usually get all the riding done in 3 hours using 5 & 6 gear. Looks like nothing above 4th will be used today.



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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:01 PM

Mine is just going to have to grow until it dries out some. My ZT has a full mulch kit installed so it doesn't play well with wet grass at all. Most of what I am seeing greening up is weeds. I might have lost most of my bermuda grass during the long dry spell.


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:18 PM

Larry, I'm in the same shape, but will have to wait til the rain slow down some to mow!
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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:22 PM

I'm gassing up mine right now to mow. 


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:32 PM

You guys are right, you can't mulch wet grass, my mulching stuff stays in the shed, around here when you can mulch, you usually don't need to.


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:35 PM

I don't mow the main part when it is wet.  In your case it looks like it is not all thick, just in places.  If you feel you must, raise the deck and keep the deck speed up and in the thicker stuff take a narrower width cut.  Had rain here last night so will mow tomorrow.  4' front deck and 42" rider will take about 2 hours max, and in the sun.

 

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:41 PM

I see the commercial landscapers cut rain or shine with the zero turns nothing seems to stop them
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Posted August 21, 2016 - 03:56 PM

Sharp blades, lots of RPMs and lots of HP


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 04:41 PM

Usually leave the mowing for wife to do with her Limited Edition. Having been down with refurbishing wheels for 2 weeks, things got a tad out of hand. I use the yard dog 6th gear, deck all the way up first pass and drop it for finish cut in 5th, and sharpened blades. 1 tank of gas and 2 hours altogether for 2 acre lawn. 

 


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 04:46 PM

Wettest summer ever here also.  I just mowed 2 days ago, and just finished the house yard yet again!  Going out in a few minutes to start mowing the farmyard areas.  Besides work at Southern States, about all my other time goes to mowing grass, and not even gotten to clipping pasture fields yet.


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