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FFMED74
02-18-2004, 09:34 PM
Anyone here remove the side discharge cover? If so why and is it very danagerious to do so?

GTLC
02-18-2004, 10:17 PM
Well, I decided to take mine off my 44" deck b/c most of the lawns I mow have really thick grass and I would have big clumping problems. Also, my residential Timecutter doesn't have as high a blade tip speed as the commercial mowers, so I think it helps the clippings fly easier. I don't really worry about the danger b/c the only time I ever shot something was a golf ball and it flew straight for about 200 feet. And that was with the shield on!

By the way FFMED74, fellow firefighter here.

NCSULandscaper
02-18-2004, 10:53 PM
I keep them on. Im not taking any chances by taking off a safety feature on the mower.

bastalker
02-19-2004, 12:17 AM
Mine flips up an lays on top of the belt cover. I just flip it down when I need it..

LawnScapers of Dayton
02-19-2004, 05:54 AM
Mine are always flipped up and held down with rubber bungy cords....
Derek

dobehap
02-19-2004, 07:23 AM
It was replaced by an OCDC.

floridalawncare
02-19-2004, 02:11 PM
goverment requires me to run mine. but i flip it up when i'm working else where. helps to spread the grass better, and vastly improves wet grass cutting when removed.

captaingreen
02-19-2004, 03:10 PM
I agree with most of the posts above. I flip it up most of the time and just lower it down when there is a safety issue. I would like to put an OCDC on my mowers this year.

tx_angler
02-19-2004, 03:54 PM
Originally posted by bastalker
Mine flips up an lays on top of the belt cover. I just flip it down when I need it..

Yup me, too. I have a bungee cord that will hold it up when I want it to stay up and the mfg. springs hold it down when needed.

Before the end of this season I'll probably have OCDCs installed on both my big machines.

Doc Pete
02-19-2004, 04:29 PM
Originally posted by n1alx
Also, my residential Timecutter doesn't have as high a blade tip speed as the commercial mowers, so I think it helps the clippings fly easier.

For what it's worth, take a look at the gear/pulley ratio of your timecutter. The ratio is 1 to 1.25. where the blades are spining 25% faster than the motor. Your speed on the blades is actually up there. My Timecutter 44" actually cuts pretty well. You might try the factory high lift blades for a better cut.
DP

impactlandscaping
02-19-2004, 05:58 PM
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barnard
02-19-2004, 06:26 PM
I trim material off mine until it spreads the clippings to suit me. This still allows some protection and keeps the clippings off the operater. I save what I take off (easy to weld right back with my MIG) until I'm satisfied and then I discard the removed material. Much better than flipping it up and down, IMO.

gogetter
02-19-2004, 07:11 PM
For the poll I had to put YES, I do remove them.
However, for next season I will be replacing them with OCDC's and really looking forward to it!. Will definately be nice to have control over the clippings as opposed to throwing them all over the place like I have been.

Rick Jones
02-19-2004, 07:14 PM
Held up with bungee cord, disperses clippings much better that way.

FFMED74
02-19-2004, 07:51 PM
what is ocdc? That is a new one on me.

radarjr1973
02-19-2004, 08:10 PM
well if you remove it you are takin a very high risk even with it up because a rock comes out at 50 mph with the sheild up or missin

gogetter
02-20-2004, 09:33 AM
Originally posted by FFMED74
what is ocdc? That is a new one on me.

Operator Controlled Discharge Chute. It's a cover with a handle on it so the operator can open or close the discharge chute.
This is good if you're mowing objects where you don't want to shoot clippings all over them (like a car in the driveway, flower beds, or the house).

Do a search and you will find some threads with links to manufacturers of OCDC's. There's several on the market now.

Expert Lawns
02-20-2004, 01:56 PM
i keep my on also, bungee cord pulls it up, and i can slam it down with my foot.