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That one you linked us to was only £1350 inc vat....wasn't it?:confused1:

 

Ah, yes, but the one the hire company has is the more powerful model

 

How big an area? Could you not pay a local farmer to come with a topper then keep it in check yourself afterwards?

 

Not really, it's about 1/2 acre but surrounding a barn and an orchard so too narrow in places for a tractor.

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Not really, it's about 1/2 acre but surrounding a barn and an orchard so too narrow in places for a tractor.

 

Strimmer territory then.

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Since no one else has suggested this, have you tried cutting 1/2 swaths instead of full swaths?. I own and use a Snapper mower with a 28" blade and I regularly mow grass 4" tall with a 9.5 HP engine. Our grass is very tough, unforgiving. Your mower really should not have any trouble cutting what your having to deal with. Are you only mowing once a month or Two for the turf to be that tall?. If you can find them I would also suggest a Gator blade for your mower. This type blade cuts and chops up the clipping very efficiently.

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Since no one else has suggested this, have you tried cutting 1/2 swaths instead of full swaths?. I own and use a Snapper mower with a 28" blade and I regularly mow grass 4" tall with a 9.5 HP engine. Our grass is very tough, unforgiving. Your mower really should not have any trouble cutting what your having to deal with. Are you only mowing once a month or Two for the turf to be that tall?. If you can find them I would also suggest a Gator blade for your mower. This type blade cuts and chops up the clipping very efficiently.

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Hi Ted . I suggested doing 1/2 a stripe but he says he has tried that . :001_smile:

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I would definitely put a strimmer on it first leave it a day and then put the mower over at the highest setting to mulch the cuttings. It may take a few cuts but you shouldn't do much damage to your mower that way

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Hi Ted . I suggested doing 1/2 a stripe but he says he has tried that . :001_smile:

 

Thanks Stubby, I missed your suggestion. Even with a 33" blade I am astounded that a 13 hp Snapper could not do the job:confused1:

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It surprised me too, it really isn't that tall! I'll try revving it harder & putting more tension on the belt to see if that makes a difference

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One of the most questions that I get asked , in sales of ride on mowers, is "does it cut in the wet".

There are several things that you should be watching for when cutting grass and with a 33" machine with a 13hp engine is limited to small gardens with not a lot of height to cut.

In horsepower terms , petrol rideons range from approx 7hp to 26hp with the better power being 16hp and above.

The blade should cut grass at the front of the deck so the deck should be set slightly lower at the front.

Cut grass averages around 1 1/2 inches height after its been cut and most rideon decks go up to 4 inches height of cut. So the deck should only be cutting 2 1/2 inches of grass.

When the deck is cutting it should be moving up and down slightly so as to "gulp" air to aid the airflow under the deck and to stop the blade from blocking.

The decks must be kept absolutely clean in order to stop the old grass blocking on the underside and restricting the flow.Some decks have deck wash facilities fitted to help this.

If you have a friend who has another mower for you to try or a local JD dealer, ask them for a demo of an X series machine to see how they do the above.

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