Toro Recycler 20017 Won't Cut Low Enough

tsheehan7May 12, 2010

Does anyone else have this complaint? My Toro just won't cut as low as seemingly any of the other rotary mowers on my street. The neighbor across the street uses a Honda Harmony and it seems to get down to 1" or so. A few doors down, a Craftsman mower does the same thing. My Toro seems to get down to 1.5" at the very lowest. I literally can't scalp my yard, no matter how hard I try. Any suggestions? I checked the blade thinking maybe I've been installing it upside down after sharpening, but that wasn't the case.

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What type of grass are you mowing? If you want to scalp your yard just take the wheels off.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 10:45AM
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Unless you are trimming a putting green why do you want to cut to one inch. Cutting it to 1.5 inches would be quite a slice below the normal growing height. From what I've read scalping does nothing to promote a healthy lawn and has a good chance of damaging it. If you want to remove thatch then rent or buy a de-thatcher.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 3:51PM
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It doesn't go lower because it's not needed. I don't know what you're doing/cutting, but you need a reel mower for 1" or less. Particularly if you're in zone 7 you wouldn't normally have any grass that can stand to be cut that low. With fescue and Bermuda, I might cut it down to 2" before overseeding in the fall but right now I'm up to 3.5" for the summer heat.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 4:45PM
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Seriously -- my typicaly complaint is that mowers don't cut high enough. +1 on the reel mower comment for 1" or less. I keep my grass at 3" or more most of the time, and it's the envy of the neighborhood.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 11:16PM
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The people who never have good grass spend a fortune on aerating, seeding, fertilizer and irrigation. Yet, they let the grass get too high, then they cut it too short, basically killing it. My neighbor does this EVERY TIME. He must be cutting 4" of grass down to about 1.5". The mower bogs down and gets hot, the deck gets clogged with grass and he leaves windrows of clippings on the lawn. Then, they gripe about how crummy the yard looks after spending all that money. I don't know what it is about maintaining a proper grass height, but people are not listening.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 10:47PM
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The Oregon 96-607 blade will lower it a half inch...

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 1:17AM
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wrager(Z5 OH)

If the OP has hybrid bermuda, the norm is to cut 1" or lower, but should always use the 1/3 rule. It is better to use a reel, unless you have very bumpy terrain like I do. Mine has a severe slope also. I tried using a Tru-Cut, but was killing my back. So I have to be satisfied to use my Honda at its lowest setting and cut 2-3 times a week.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 9:12AM
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