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bigred13
02-02-2012, 09:32 AM
This will be my first year mulching. My question is will I still be able to lay down good stripes? In the past I have always bagged, or side discharged. Thanks

bls47303
02-02-2012, 09:52 AM
Yes you should be able to lay down good stripes. However you may leave a trail of grass behind when the grass is growing rapidly in the spring months or when its wet.

whoopassonthebluegrass
02-02-2012, 09:52 AM
Striping will not be hindered by mulching.

professional
02-02-2012, 02:01 PM
All pics with mulching kits installed. It's the only way I cut. 36" John Deere G15 and 72" John Deere 997.

bigred13
02-02-2012, 08:51 PM
Thanks, for the help! Good looking stripes. How much slower will I have to mow? Sorry new guy to mulching.

orangemower
02-02-2012, 08:55 PM
Thanks, for the help! Good looking stripes. How much slower will I have to mow? Sorry new guy to mulching.
I think it's going to depend on the mower and what engine it has. Mulching robs power big time.

bigred13
02-02-2012, 09:07 PM
As it goes now, it will be Ferris is500z w/27 briggs...only motor available.

orangemower
02-02-2012, 09:13 PM
How big is the deck? It should do ok but in moist heavy growth it might slow you down.

professional
02-02-2012, 09:15 PM
I don't feel slowed down at all. I use the mulching blades, they use less energy to turn than anything with much lift. At first, I was using the high lift blades, but they didn't cut any better and used much more fuel.

orangemower
02-02-2012, 09:24 PM
I don't feel slowed down at all. I use the mulching blades, they use less energy to turn than anything with much lift. At first, I was using the high lift blades, but they didn't cut any better and used much more fuel.

Do you have all the baffles in place to contain each blade?

bigred13
02-02-2012, 09:27 PM
probably getting the 52" ICD deck.....debating on the 44" non ICD just bc it is $1000 bucks cheaper.

professional
02-02-2012, 09:35 PM
Yes, in fact, the dealer puts everything on when I purchase. I'll never forget, one time I hit a section of newspaper on the left side of the machine :hammerhead:(997) and when I looked back, all of the shreds were to the left side. Made for an easy cleanup.

Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 09:35 PM
I've had full mulch kits in several of my Deere tractors with 48" & 60" decks in the past, and they stripe just fine, but due to less airflow/vacuming affect, they don't stripe as well as while side discharging. You will probably need to slow down by about 25% in heavy growth grass due to the mulch kit taking more HP to chop the clippings, and the fact that you'll definately leave a trail of clippings behind you if you don't. In normal growth conditions, you may only need to slow down by 10% or so to leave a manicured finish behind in one pass. They work awesome for leaves.

bigred13
02-02-2012, 11:07 PM
Thanks for the help. I wish I could get a mulch on demand set-up for the mower. I really only need it when I mow around pond. home owner doesnt want clipping in water...lol and there are some flower beds on the other side.

whoopassonthebluegrass
02-02-2012, 11:37 PM
I live in a heavily irrigated area. As a result, the grasses are all VERY thick and lush. Consequently, I was sometimes barely crawling along to get a proper mulch.

So I ripped out the baffles and just side discharge...

Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 11:41 PM
Sounds to me like you'd be better off with an OCDC than a mulch kit. Have you checked into buying one of those yet?

bigred13
02-03-2012, 12:21 PM
Not sure what a ocdc kit is?...Please explain

orangemower
02-03-2012, 12:32 PM
Not sure what a ocdc kit is?...Please explain Have a look.

http://www.scag.com/ocdc.html

bigred13
02-03-2012, 01:45 PM
that would be perfect for what I need! I can't seem to find one for the is500z though:confused:

orangemower
02-03-2012, 02:09 PM
http://powerchutedesign.com/

bigred13
02-03-2012, 10:01 PM
That is awesome...Thanks thats exactly what I need!

orangemower
02-03-2012, 10:15 PM
No problem. The Power Chute is pricey but it works great. I've had one on my Scag for 4 years.

bigred13
02-04-2012, 08:33 AM
I havnt looked at the price yet.

orangemower
02-04-2012, 09:05 AM
I havnt looked at the price yet.

Make sure you're sitting down. :laugh:

bigred13
02-04-2012, 09:23 AM
That bad huh? Can you get it without the acctuator?

orangemower
02-04-2012, 09:31 AM
No, it would be pointless if you did. There's other brands out there. Try doing a search for OCDC.

bigred13
02-04-2012, 12:37 PM
Ok, will do.