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Old 03-22-2010, 05:46 PM
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As far as the Ariens or Gravely LM21 mowers, anyone ever invest in the mulch kit for these things? I typically bag or use the chute, and have never heard of anyone actually using the muclh kit. It includes a blade and baffle. My dealer told me he does not recommend them, do any of you?
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:22 PM
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I have the gravely with the kohler and I just put the mulch plate on and it works great. Just dont try it wet or on bye weekly cuts.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:27 PM
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I have the gravely with the kohler and I just put the mulch plate on and it works great. Just dont try it wet or on bye weekly cuts.
How's the Kohler XT-7? Do you have a lot of hours on it?
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:48 PM
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I had the SW21 with mulch kit and it worked great. I've been a big fan of their push mowers for quite some time and recently just picked up their Pro-21. Hoping it will be here this week! The biggest issue I had with the SW line is the removable "treads" for the rear wheels. It's a good idea in concept but under a lot of use they will need replacing often. They should either make them thicker or just add a solid wheel with ball bearings which is what the pro has.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:24 AM
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As far as the xt-7 engine, I have no complaints. When I bought I felt like I was taking a chance, but have been happy. I probably have 100 hours on the engine. So far I changed the oil after 5 hours. It sat in cold storage for 5 months so I replaced the plug, air and fuel filter, started on the first pull. I make sure I balance the blade well and the engine runs smooth, not a lot of vibration. So no problems so far.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:25 AM
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dwost, my only complaint about the mower was it leaves a single trail of clippings when I mow, but I don't have the mulch kit. Did you get a trail of clippings with the kit? I tyically discharge because of this, but would like to mulch... a bit less cleanup.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:08 PM
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Nope, just stuck in the mulch plug and went at it. I did throw a gator blade on it which made a difference but I never had any widrow issues with it. It would choke down a bit on taller grass if I missed a mowing but overall the cut was great for a 21.
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- 70 series loader
- 506 rotary mower
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- 84" plow w/full hydo
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:42 PM
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I am a kawi guy but have to say the kohler has been great. When I use the mulching plug I have no straglers. I also have mulching issues when grass is wet or has been skipped but that is with the standard blade. I will be getting another one but it will not have the swivel casters, I just dont like the height adjustment but does work well.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:09 PM
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I just found out the Pro-21 that I ordered is BEING BUILT........kinda shocked but I guess they have just started building them for 2010 and none have left the factory yet. Looks like it's about 7-10 days out before I get it. I'll be sure to post up a bunch of pics along with the results once I start cutting.
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- Powerchute w/custom in-grip switch
- Hella fog lights
- Custom striping roller
- Pingel fuel filter
- Custom FIMCO boomless spray rig

1989 John Deer 1070 Compact Tractor - 40hp/4WD
- 70 series loader
- 506 rotary mower
- box scraper
- 84" plow w/full hydo
- ballast box
- aux lights

1993 John Deere Gator 6x4
- HD Field Trax tires
- brush/fender guards
- hydraulic dump bed w/storage and bed cover
- 2" receiver hitch
- HD front suspension
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:42 PM
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Dowst - hopefully they will have it built and to you soon, I am anxious to hear how it performs, I almost bought the pro 21 too.

Last question on the mulch kit, was you kit just the mulch plug and a gator blade or did you have the black baffle installed as well? I have also mulched with just the plug and get the line of clumps, so I was considering installing the whole kit with the baffle and all, I already have a gator for it.

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