Suggestion to design team for Mower

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I've noticed the clumping of grass problem that others have talked about, but mainly with very moist grass.  I've studied the underside of the deck and believe 2 things are happening.  First, the plastic easily scars from normal use, (micro etching), thus the moist grass can find spots on the deck to stick and more blades stick to the moist grass until the clump falls to the ground. The circulation under the desk seems good, nice "Oval" shape for the air to move.  Would a smooth coating on the bottom of the deck prevent some of the clumping?  Maybe a Teflon (or something more durable)?  I've modified my blade to stop the problem, but the OEM blade does exhibit this issue.


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A PEEK coating would do the job, its non stick and tougher than teflon but if i was manufacturing it, i wouldn't put it on the mower, just because of warranty issues. I remember when i was a product designer, that we used to fluorinate plastic. It didnt make it non-stick, but it sure made it hard to get labels to stick on the fluorinated plastic. Teflon, PolyTetraFluoroEthelyne, has fluoride in it, but it is through the material, as apposed to fluorinating, which just does the surface.
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I will be getting the mower sometime in the future  I am sure, how did you modify the blade to prevent the clumping.  In Texas and sometimes mowing wet grass cannot be helped.