Are we supposed to overlap when we mow?

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I've had my Ego mower for about a month. My cutting height is set either on 4 or 5, and I try to go over the previous row of tire tracks perfectly, but I keep getting these streaks or mohawks of uncut grass. I tried googling this issue and it seems I should be overlap my cutting rows more, by 2-3 inches, instead of trying to drive over perfectly the previous row's tracks. Is that correct or does someone else who's experienced this come up with a different solution? Thanks - 
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Yes you should over lap a bit. Otherwise the grass under the tires never gets cut but only run over by the tires
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Agreed.  I keep the wheel just inside the previous track, so I'm probably cutting with about 2/3 of the mower deck, maybe a little more?  No mow-hawks for me (chuckle). :-)
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I never had to overlap with my Xenon Honda.
That's a lie.
Answer...of course.
OS never had a Xenon, I think I made that up.
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You may be thinking of "Xenoy", the trade name of the material Honda used for their plastic-deck Harmony mowers (I much prefer that to their metal units).  Very, very durable, and very rigid, something that the Ego mowers lack, big time.
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I was joking, silly guy...
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Agreed, overlap for sure. Also, another thing that helps prevent "mow-hawks" is to change direction each time you mow. So, say one time you mow north to south, next time mow east to west. 
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And then go crazy and the third time mow NE to SE etc.  It may be living on the edge, but it really works well and I like the diagonal look.
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Don't forget mowing in circles! CW one time, CCW next. ;)
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I leave that for the aliens when they visit.
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Agreed Szwoopp, Aliens don't know how to cut grass ... :-)


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I'm a long time mulcher and agree to change up the pattern. I mentioned this in another post but my Honda manual said to mow in a CCW direction if you mulched since the tendency was for the mower to leave a slight mulch trail to the left - I noticed the EGO does the same thing.

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Cutting your grass at that height will have a tendency to create the "mow-hawks".
I always mow a full wheel width overlap in the opposite direction. In some cases you need to slow up your pace to allow the blade to try to lift the grass up. Also mow when the grass is dry and perky.
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One "problem" (definitely first world luxury problem) - the Self Propelled has a tendency to go too fast, even at the slowest speeds.
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For mulching, I overlap about half the mower width.