Is there somebody using a scythe to mow the lawn? This is ordinary
mixed lawn-length grass, not wheat or anything.
I've done an acre a couple of times, and fooled around on odd corners;
there's a couple questions. Here's one.
How easy grass is to cut depends hugely on what kind of grass is growing
in the particular area, and on time of day (moist and cool is easier).
The universal failure mode, though, is that the blade edge (razor sharp
though it is) picks up clumps of grass as it travels from right to
left, so the grass on the left (final) edge of the cut doesn't see much
bare blade and is not well cut. The right edge is cut cleanly to the
ground, as it should be.
I can't find a swing style (different haft angles, different blade
angles, different toe to heel pressure of the blade) that eliminates
this effect, short of deliberately cutting above the ground entirely,
so that not so much grass gets hit (sort of levelling the grass, like
a rotary mower).
Can somebody diagnose the clogged blade-edge problem? When grass
adheres to your blade edge in growing clumps as the swing progresses
from right to left, you should ... ?
I use Austrian blades, sharpen every 5 minutes or so (it's better
when sharpened), European style scythe; not the American stamped
blades. A lot of lengths, 22" to 36". Which one does best at
a particular time with particular patches of grass also varies
Taking a sharpened blade, any of them, and running them idly along
some bit of grass with no speed or pressure, causes the grass to fall
onto the blade satisfyingly. The trick is to get the grass to do
that for the length of a real swing, somehow.
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