Do you mow with the guard up or down?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FDuce, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. FDuce

    FDuce LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    Hi all,

    I used to mow back in highschool, had about 10-20 accounts. Anyways, I still have my walkbehind and was noticing everyones pics of their mowers shows the discharge guard being down. I never put mine down unless I didn't want the grass to blow in a flower bead or something. Just wondering if you all mow with it up or down?
  2. YoungGun

    YoungGun LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    always up when the clippings will stay in the grass. you get less clumps and that means more speed!

    i put it down for everthing else flowerbeds pool pavement!
  3. laxative

    laxative LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 147

    Mine are removed and in a pile the garage. I know it's stupid but they suck.
  4. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    Ditto here. Always up unless otherwise needed.
  5. PearceLawn

    PearceLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 290

    I have a pile too!!:rolleyes:
  6. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    Neither up or down - OFF, PERIOD !!!!!!!:usflag:
  7. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 509

    I run mine in the up position except for tight areas where I am trying to control where the clippings will fly (flower beds, pools...)
  8. wiseguyslawn

    wiseguyslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 464

    I bag so it doesn't apply but have you guys ever had anything fly out such as a rock, baseball, etc. this could cause some serious problems
  9. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 807

    Driving by a school about 3 years ago and a ztr without the guard threw a rock and took out camper shell window on my pickup.

    Administrator wanted me to file on my insurance and then they would pay deductible, I said no way you pay it all. Funny thing was that she had just returned from a safety seminar where this problem was addressed. She said chutes were going back on all school mowing equipment.
  10. bill w

    bill w LawnSite Member
    from Va.
    Posts: 198

    I've had a rock break a door window while using the bagger. Stuff happens.

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