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Mowing wet grass


I desperately need a solution for mowing wet grass.  I'm in to the eco thing and I have a few different battery mowers which I can't fault except for their ability to collect in the wet.  I do a stripe and have to unclog the deck, with the ongoing bad weather summer I can't keep having 150 minute jobs turning into 4 hours. 

Looking to add a petrol mower to the arsenal:  From what I read the Etesia Pro Range are just what I need, possibly looking at the self propelled Honda engine one.

Wondering if anyone can verify their ability to collect in tough conditions and/or recommend anything else the same price or cheaper please?  Someone said there's a Stihl one with plastic collection box that's pretty good.

For info:  Worst case scenarios would be reducing a 1/3 acre lawn of 7 or 8 inch growth down to say 2 inches and fortnighly cuts in tree canopy gardens prone to being damp.

Thanks in advance.

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  • Whether it's man made or otherwise, climate change will mean we have to take on fewer lawn jobs, cut more often during the growing season, and individual customers' bills will increase as a result. 8 inch down to 2 inch collected with a stripe! Traditionally in July/August lawns are brown from drought and maybe next year that will be the case but for now, it's different

    • Sorry, not 'stripe' as in a roller mower.  A strip if you like..  I've heard the Etesia's don't need to cut twice in wet conditions or reductions, just looking for validations really.

  • i found the etesia resaonble in the wet but not the DB only half fill the box before empteing and cleaning the deck before pushing it up the path 

    cutting 8 inch grass you will not get far before you have to empty the box 

    • Thanks David.  Emptying the box regularly is fine - just be pleased to get it sucked up and in the box!  

  • Just to add:  

    Reductions from 8 inches are worst case scenario.

    Just looking for something 45cm-50cm that can deal with a fortnight's growth when it's rained most days since...

    • Yes most likely patchy growth of different heights and density on the same lawn... i've been mulch mowing quite a bit this season on some lawns where i used to collect as the finish is not too bad. This saves a fair bit of time & effort. Wet grass can stick to the wheels and end up falling off as a long piece which looks appalling but it's easy enough to run over that part again to shred it up. I have justified this to my customers by saying the goodness goes back into the turf. And sometimes I box the more formal part of the lawn nearest the house and mulch the less prestigious areas. Also whether collecting or mulching I am not afraid to cut the same lawn at different heights on different occasions, to suit the conditions. If left a bit longer one time, it can always be brought down a notch on a future occasion, when drier

      • I have been mostly using the Stihl RMA 2 RT mulch mower. Which is a real pocket rocket and only 46Cm cut but powerful & quite light. For collecting grass in less than ideal conditions the Stihl RMA 448 TC. Both can be extremely hungry on batteries if the going is tough but I have plenty of the high capacity ones so this set up works for me

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        I do the same . 

        Last week a lawn with dense tall grass i cut fortnightly ( varying heights in patches ) was too wet to cut so left it , Returned next day and it was damp , mulched it first with mower on highest settings and as said above it left tramlines of clippings all over the lawn which had dropped off the wheels but then went over the lawn with the bag on with setting height lowered  to desired height , left lovely finish and its pretty much the way i have always tackled similar areas , i find it useless trying to attempt to cut a wet lawn of long grass  in one pass with bag on . 

        Most pedestrian mowers i have used over the years no matter which brand wet grass sticks to the wheels and roller so i dont cut it if too wet .

  • In our experience the 2 best mowers in the wet by far are the Viking/Stihl with a plastic box and the Etesia which also have the plastic box.

  • Thanks everyone

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