Deflectors

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Toddppm, Jul 3, 2000.

  1. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 268

    I can't believe the amount of companies around here cutting grass without deflectors or plates over the discharge on their mowers. These go from scrubs up to the biggest companies in the country. I don't care how well you check the area you can't find everything. I watch these guys cut next to office buildings at lunch time, roads at rush hour, etc. If something were to hit me when i'm going by they had better paid their insurance up!
     
  2. Some of us have an ODC.<p>Some of us have OCD.<p>Excuse me while I go wash my hands 8 times.
     
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Stone, some of us have an OCDC too. <br>Toddppm, An OCDC is a great option on a Chopper. You can open it or close it on the go to help keep things a bit safer. It doesn't guarantee that an accident won't happen, but it sure helps. OCDC, is something that Dixie Chopper came out with several years ago and it stands for Opperator Controlled Discharge Chute.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
     
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    eric--lesco also has an OCDC. came standard on my old 48 belt drive!<p>when the operator wants to control the discharge, he istalls the chute. OCDC...get it?;)<p>the guys that bushog the highways and interstates while I'm driving past their machine scare me more than a guy cutting a lawn. however, I agree there is concern for both.<p>GEO
     
  5. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    the reason no body uses the chutes is because you cant possibly do a good job with one. When using the chute, as the grass flys out the deck it is deflected right towards the ground causing stips of clippings that look horrible... without the chute in place the grass flys out and flys very far making the dispersal even over a 10 feet instead of 8 inches. I am guilty myself..the first thing i do when i get a mower id either take the chute off or bungee it in the up possision. I no its not as safebut theres just no other way to do a good job!
     
  6. PLS

    PLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Look Dude, I take personal offence to that. We do a great job and we have NEVER EVER EVER opened the chute all the way up, We do adjust it to open more than the factory setup if needed. Even with it adjusted up, when we have hit an object we still got some effect out of it. Not to mention it keeps alot of chaff off of the operator (his eyes, nose). I wish all commercial mowers had the OCDC. As far as you CAN'T do a good job with the chute in place...... Thats Bull&^!t. You have to get off your lazy ass and work at it.<p><p><p><font size="1">Edited by: PLS
     
  7. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    POWER TO THE CHOPPERS. If I ever do buy another mower, other than a Chopper, I will be figuring out a way to mount a OCDC on it! There is no substitute for it and with &quot;sue happy&quot; America riding by........you might oughta be figuring something out if you keep your chute flipped up.<p>Homer
     
  8. Toddppm

    Toddppm LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 268

    Never heard of an ocdc? whatever, these guys are running regular mowers exmarks skags ... There is no deflector at all, looks dangerous as $hit to me, I mulch everything so i have a plate over mine. I have seen some guys using a piece of old tire or something over the opening, should slow the debris down and not just let it fly anyway?
     
  9. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Toddppm: I wrote a small article on my website and have a link to a picture of one if you want to see an OCDC. Just click on my signiture to get there.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://pages.prodigy.net/eric.erickson/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
     
  10. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    I took the deflctors off all but one of my mowers. The one that is on my bobcat i left on because it is smaller and higher that the others and still throws grass far enough. I had to take the ones on my exmarks and scag off because they just leave a pile of grass next to the. Why don't the mower companies put some reseach into the deflectors and make one that acually works.
     

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