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Old 07-03-2014, 07:01 PM
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Keeping clippings out of mulch!!

Hoping I'm not asking a stupid or obvious question but here it goes:

Have a 52" Turf Tracer, love the machine but for the life of me I can't cut without getting grass in the mulch. I purchased the OCDC from Exmark last year thinking it would be the ticket but just not in love with it. When I have it down it leaves a line of grass clippings, if I vary the amount it points towards the ground it leaves varying amounts of clumping or the line. As I get further away I try to open it up a bit to minimize the clumping but that's usually when I get grass in the mulch beds.

I currently have the high lift blades, also a set of the Exmark equivalent to the gators (I think they're high lift also), the OCDC, etc.

Would I have better luck with a different blade? Would the mulching blades and the OCDC work better?

I'm especially peeved right now as we just put down fresh mulch, if any of the pros would please chime in, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks and happy 4th to you and your families.

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:06 PM
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Nows the time of the year you can mulch
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:46 PM
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If you can't point the discharge side away just kinda stir up the mulch after your done and you won't be able to tell..
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:51 PM
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Blow out the mulch beds or use a bagger. Those are my two options.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:01 PM
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grass clippings ARE mulch
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:16 AM
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I had the same issues with my Pioneer and trying to do nice, even stripes. I put the mulch kit back on but it does not stripe as well with the mulch blades however I can go around whatever and not have to try to keep it from blowing in the beds. I found I had to leave the chute up even with the mulch kit removed or it would leave the windrows of grass in the spring but I would flip it down when around my flower beds and as long as I did 2 stripes out from the beds it would keep the grass to a minimum going in and ruining the look of the mulch.

Also as someone else mentioned, I did find that going back and just lightly blowing the beds with my leaf blower blew away the grass/mixed it in so you didn't notice it as much.
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Old 07-04-2014, 10:52 AM
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Thanks for your replies, appreciate the suggestions. I typically do blow the clippings out of the mulch beds but it usually takes some of the mulch with it!! .

Would using a standard lift or mulch blades help even without the kit installed?

My lawn isn't as thick as I'd like but working on it, but can only think with a thicker lawn the amount of clippings would increase quite a bit.

Again, thanks so much for everyones suggestions.

Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th!!!

Steve
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:00 AM
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Run a OCDC chute blocker
Best blocker I seen is the older models on Dixie Chopper it shape like a L so when its close I mean nothing hardly comes out

On your blocker can you mount a 2-3'' angle iron to it so give it a shape of a L
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:16 PM
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Get a walker or navigator
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:37 PM
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Good idea, unfortunately the flap on my OCDC is rubber, I suppose I could run some lateral supports, I may try that...... With the angle iron and supports, maybe it'll be more like a backwards "c".. Thanks for the idea.....

Steve

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Run a OCDC chute blocker
Best blocker I seen is the older models on Dixie Chopper it shape like a L so when its close I mean nothing hardly comes out

On your blocker can you mount a 2-3'' angle iron to it so give it a shape of a L
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