Those pesky wheel marks?

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Unmowed where the wheels run and flatten the grass.  If the grass is slightly damp, and even when it's not, if you're mowing a box pattern, the wheels push down the grass, and it doesn't stand up fast enough to get it on the next pass.  (You all know what I'm talking about)

Short of a hovering mower, (yes there actually is one now) what to do about it?  My neighbor (guy who turned me on to this mower) said we need to invent some kind of brush that follows (trails) behind the left rear wheel that would brush (stand) it back up so the next pass gets it.  I was thinking a small rake of sorts.

Just brainstorming here...

Some of you engineer types should invent that, and make a gazillion, cuz it's common to every mower, electric or not.

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I have never noticed having this problem with my push Ego mower.  You must have weak grass.  Just being silly.
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I see this when I cut the grass long on my old Honda and the ego.

I was thinking of using the filaments you see on trucks to stop wheel spray and I attach them to my mulching covers I have been designing to help with the suction power. That could double as this rake. Second thought is to use a brush used for spreading driveway sealant and fashion a bracket off the back of the mower to rake behind the rear wheels. Third option is use some metal screening you see on fireplaces and cut a short length and hang that from a bracket off the back of the mower.

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One thing I find that can help is do not "overlay" wheel marks on top of wheel marks when lining up your next pass. I take a nice healthy overlap so that I am actually cutting overtop of the previous wheel mark.

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Same here. I never travel over wheel marks with the wheel again. A 2nd pass really sets the grass flat to the thatch.  I overpass by maybe 4 inches or so. I find this does a nice job. Also changed the cutting pattern every week also helps. My yard is small so, the overlap is not an issue. I do understand that a larger yard would be many more passes to do an overlap. This is my 2nd season for the EGO. I love it. I sharpen the blade every other cut, and have had no mulch or bag issues. I also only cut when the lawn is dry. I have done a couple of damp (not wet) cuts, and performance was still good.
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This isn't a new problem but one that's been around since the beginning of mowing grass. While the idea of a rake to lift the grass sounds good, the rake would have to move in the opposite direct to lift the grass to be able to cut it. The solution that everyone has been using for a very long time is mow overlapping lines back and forth, meaning mow one direction, turn around and mow an overlapping area in the other direction. The suction of the lawn mower should lift these wheel lines so that they will be cut. My EGO lawn mower does this fine.

Part of the issue you are seeing is that when you cut damp grass, you will always see this issue since there aren't many lawn mowers with incredible suction to lift wet grass. I have this problem in my area and I'm only able to mow the grass in the evenings or on those mornings we don't have a heavy morning dew (which isn't very often).

Here's another idea... If you have a leaf blower, blow off the areas of the yard that are damp with dew first. It won't dry the grass but maybe shake off enough dew to help in mowing your lawn as you want.
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I am suprised someone doesnt make a dethatching type yard brush/comb (like for your hair to follow the mower to fix this. It however would need to brush backwards as the grass is pushed forward, so it would have to rotate possibly the direction the tires move.
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Good point Jacob...My neighbor suggested a spinning or rorating brush.
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I've been cutting grass in southeastern Michigan for well over 33 years and have never, ever, not even once - had this problem.  That said, I have always cut with opposing directions at each pass and always have my mower set slightly over the edge of each opposing pass.  Clearly, YMMV...

Perhaps it is your cut method?  As others have said, they've apparently experienced it sometimes even with old gas mowers.  
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Thank you DJ, that never even occurred to me, and if one did this (and needed a brush?) it could go on the front.

Dang I wish I wouldn't have cut my lawn yesterday, so I could try this.  Aww hell I don't mind mowing every day.

I've used a box pattern since I was a teenager.

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The brush could go in front of the front wheel that is facing the opposite run to flip the grass over. Might have to try that on next cutting! That might also shake the grass up enough to drop the "rows of clippings" back into the lawn!
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Seems to be box pattern vs back and forth, with back and forth taking the win! :-)
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Overlapping runs work for me most of the time...even my Honda will push the grass down and not be sucked up by the blade. This really depends on your grass species. I have probably a hundred different grass species in my yard...a real melting pot of grass. :)
But as everyone has been asking for a higher lift blade with less battery run time will be openly welcomed by everyone!
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I beg to differ.  I had a Honda Harmony.  Tip it to the right side and there is not oil/gas spillage.   sigh!   I had that thing for more than 10 years.  Tipped it to the right many, many times.   NOTHING leaked out of it.

As Jobs infamously said,"you aren't holding it right".   :)
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I didnt know you had a honda harmony. Why didn't you mention this before? (I'm being a smart (insert word here))
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Because NEW posters wouldn't know what I was referring to.  It's not all about you...   :)
I write each post so that they can stand on their own.
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Ok. I see. :)
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to clarify I should have used the term reader instead of poster. All forums have more lurkers than posters.

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