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New mowing technique?

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dentwizz
Today I was mowing a neglected property with the sickle unit until it's host decided to go on strike(a carb issue). Left with the conventional B-12 and 42" deck I tried going forward to little avail before tangling in the 3-4 ft high grass. Then accidentally I found out it would mow well, or at least sustainably in reverse. As such it mowed at full reverse speed without loading, knocking the overall height to a more moderate 8 inches with less hay thatch and windrowing than the forward method or sickle mode. Then to go forward over same areas afterward was as easy as any reasonable yard density. Go figure...

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I wonder if the rollers held unto the tall stuff so the stalks would get cut a couple of times before coming out from under the rollers. By then the stalks would be short enough not to wrap.

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That was my theory. The reverse pass cuts a relatively low percentage in grazing mode before the forward pass cleans it down. Makes for a finer haylege and no tangle. One other thought was that the deck has a raised leading edge(to help with intake grass fold-over and cut better) thus in reverse the rollers are matting down/elevating the deck but the raised leading(now trailing) edge allows rear discharge that would not otherwise be possible.

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Once upon a time, :D I agreed to mow 1/2 or 3/4 acre that I thought was only 6-8" tall. Wrong! It was actually 12-14" tall; but it was "laying down" from it's own weight. After a few back and forth passes, the discharge, on one side only, started to really add up, and slowed things to a crawl. Solution was to make a couple passes in the same direction, to blow the buildup onto the part already mowed. This enabled faster ground speed for a few passes, until I had to clear the built up stacks again. That was with my 34" deck Simp Pacer WalkBehind mower. Also did a a small (hayfield) lawn 2' tall once only. Just went slow and forward. Some repetition to scatter the spew. Never got into reverse mowing tho. That's strange stuff using the rollers to ride higher. One thing I like about my 48" deck on the 716 is it's depth - it seems to just absorb great quantities of grass and quickly clear with only slight slowdowns. I am really impressed with it. I wish it would mow taller however; and also wish it had a crank adjustment like the Pacer deck, for fine tuning height. I managed to get 3" out of it; new rollers might go higher. Pacer will do 4" - to make a pillowy soft lawn. Once the lawn gets used to 4", it looks the same as a lawn at 2-3" - but the energy from photosynthesis is what I call "power lawn". Weeds get "cupped" as the grass crowds them out.! Mowing too short, yields some 50 per cent less photosynthetic power, which translates into limited root growth, and weeds have a party due to lack of competition. Biodiversity in a 4" lawn renders stability and immunity; and it 'shades' itself, less evaporation! 8D But I only ever had 1 client who demanded that! His neighbours hated him. :D

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