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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:02 pm    Post subject: Damp grass - ride on mower bag not filling Reply with quote

I attempted to cut the front lawn this evening as it had remained dry for a while. However, a 15-20min shower occurred while I was only 5 mins into cutting (using a Castlegarden/Yamaha branded tractor mower). I noticed that the mower was tending to spread the cut grass out the side of the deck rather than suck it into the bag. I'm guessing this is because the damp grass was preventing the vacuum effect in the chute which takes grass up from the deck and into the bag.
So, I cut a decent strip of lawn but have left lines of freshly cut damp grass along the tracks where I cut. I assume this is a familiar story to novices attempting to use a domestic ride-on when conditions are adverse for cutting ?

If I tackle it again once we have a sustained dry spell will the mower be able to in effect "vacuum" up the narrow lines/piles of cut grass left over from my little fiasco this evening or will I need to hand rake it and collect it into plastic bags?

-Ian
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No offence iplogger1 but I think those chute mowers are crap. Any bit of dampness, length in the lawn or otherwise, and they clog or else drop the clippings. It may suck up the strips at the next dry spell or it may not depending on the power of the cutting drive. If you have a walk behind mower it may pick up the strips better.
If I was you I would run along the strips instead with a rake and flick the strips of grass spreading them all over the lawn. This will then be so light that most mowers would pick it up.

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