Cyclone Rake Blog: lawn mower
Showing posts with label lawn mower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lawn mower. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Choosing Mower Blades

Not all lawnmower blades are created equal. That’s because different types of blades are better suited for specific mowing applications and turf types. Some lawnmower blades are also more suitable for use with collection systems like the Cyclone Rake. Here’s an overview of the three main types of rotary mower blades for the homeowner: standard blades (also called low-lift or medium-lift), mulching blades, and high-lift blades.
            Rotary mower blades create “lift” as they rotate and cut the grass, helping move the grass out of the mower discharge chute. Standard blades, sometimes called low-lift or medium lift, are engineered to provide enough lift to move the grass out of the mower deck area. Different blade designs can extend farther out from where the blade attaches to the mower, creating blade clearance differences. The mower operator has to understand how the blade design and mower deck height work together, especially when mowing terrain that may be uneven.
            Mulching blades are designed to help return the grass clippings back to the lawn. Mulching blades usually have a more curved design and longer blade edge. The mulching blade is designed more for cutting and returning grass clippings to the lawn, rather than creating lift needed to propel the grass cuttings from the mower.
High-Lift Blades
            High-lift blades are designed to create more “lift” as the mower blade spins. This design is helpful when running a lawnmower with a lawn collection system like the Cyclone Rake. The difference in blade design, especially the distance at which the blade extends downward from the mower, can help create more lift for the grass clippings and yard debris that are collected.
            Lawnmower manufacturers specify the types of blades that can be installed on different mower models and provide recommendations for different blades in different applications. Be sure to consult your mower manual, as well as the user manual for your Cyclone Rake collection system, when choosing a blade for each mowing application. 

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Troybilt blade selection

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for Yard Equipment

      It’s the start of a new year, and the middle of winter, meaning lawn care may seem far from your mind. But it’s never too soon to make sure your lawn and garden tools and supplies are ready to go for spring - and resolving to keep your yard tools well-maintained is a New Year’s resolution that may prove possible to keep. Start this year out right, with some time in your garage, storage shed or barn, making sure maintenance is up-to-date for all the tools you’ll need this spring – or finishing routine maintenance that may have slipped by before the holidays.
            Pay special attention to all the engines in your care: lawnmowers, lawn tractors,
trimmers and weedeaters, and other engine-powered machines, such as the Cyclone SuperHauler. Late fall and winter is a good time for replacing spark plugs and changing oil, if you forgot that task after the lawn care season. Use fluids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, always storing fluids in approved containers and disposing used oil properly. Inspect and clean or replace filters as needed. Be sure mower decks are clean and blades are sharp, ready for the first grass cutting in the spring. If you send your lawn tractor to a mechanic for an annual tune-up, make that appointment now and beat the spring rush.
            Then, take time to inspect and maintain the moving parts on your tools – including tools without an engine. Many machines, from lawnmowers to lawn shears, have moving parts needing only an occasional application of grease or oil. Apply lubricants as needed, being sure to follow the guidelines in owner’s manuals. If you forgot to give a final fall cleaning for lawn equipment in storage, like the Cyclone Rake and other tools, take some time to be sure they are cleaned and stored properly. Inspect all the tires and wheels on your tools for excessive or unusual wear, which may signal a need for replacement or additional maintenance. It’s not too late to apply a coat of linseed oil to condition and preserve wooden tool handles, in case you overlooked that task in the fall.

            Yard care supplies also include things without moving parts, like fertilizer and seed and other soil amendments. Always store fertilizers and seeds in a dry location; keep grass seed left from last year in a cool place, like a basement, where the seed will not freeze. And use these winter months to take stock of your supplies, making a list for supplies needed closer to spring. That will help you meet the aim of your New Year’s resolution for maintaining lawn equipment and supplies: a truly beautiful, healthy lawn and garden.