Yeah, pay them.
I have had literally your same experience. What you really want is a
brush hog, or a chain mower attached to a tractor that you see highway
road crews using. Any normal mower just can't handle too-tall grass,
especially when you start going over cut grass on top of uncut grass.
You either need an open deck, a very powerful engine, and a non-blade
'blade' (a chain), or you need time and patience and a big raking object.
I have two acres that is perpetually in the same condition you describe.
I couldn't even find someone to cut it, and when I did, I was offended
at the quotes.
After dealing with it, I suggest you pay them, or else make friends with
some of the guys on the road crew.
On 5/29/2013 2:55 PM, Jim Franklin wrote:
> I have about 1/2 acre of foot-high grass that I just want short, not
> pristine. Got a quote of $385 to cut it. Once. I have a Honda rider mower
> that is dog slow and fills the bags in 10 feet.
> I'd like to get one of those stand-on mowers I see the pros using that
> really scoot, and either mulch or drive it towards the center/edge, but I
> have no idea what to search for. Any ideas/experiences?
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