Exmark Mulching Kit

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by recycledsole, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Hey guys,
    just got the mulching kit for exmark metro 36" wb mower.
    Ill follow the instructions, but are there any tips you all have to make it easier?
    thanks
     
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's pretty easy, just a fair amount of nuts and bolts. It's been a good while since I've put them on my mowers, so I don't remember it in detail. Tip mower back and use a jack stand or wherever you use to change blades to keep it up. It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes or so. I always did it with my blades off.
     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    ok thanks sir
     
  4. BigGreen1

    BigGreen1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 293

    Recycled,

    I would not use it during the spring. You want to wait until the grass has dried a bit. After that I really like not having grass blow into beds, driveways etc. I use the wavy mulching blade for the mulch kit.

    Tim
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I generally agree with BigGreen...when mulch kits don't work well is during lush spring growth...you just have to go too slow. However, for the first couple cuts of the season when there are some leaves and debris on the lawn and before growth really kicks into high gear they can work well. I stopped running mulch kits on my mowers altogether because I like to maintain the ability to bag.
     
  6. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
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    Make a copy of the installation diagram and file it away in case you leave it on for years and have to remove/reinstall it later and forgot how!

    A pneumatic wrench (I think that's what they're called) is cheap and is good for install/removal if you do it a lot.

    As far as using it the usual applies, don't mulch wet and expect to make just one pass, don't take off too much at once, and in lush grass don't be disappointed if you have to make a second pass. Still faster/simpler than collecting. On a small lot you might just make one pass and blow any windrows that develop here and there to disperse them. Finally, there are limits to how tall you can cut while mulching, as it loses suction to stand it up at some point and airflow is messed up. Be sure your blades are set at the recommended spacer level in the deck if using a fixed deck.

    If you find it's not mulching well try adding more overlap to take off less grass with each pass till you find there is no windrow left. I found Exmark's 48" trivantage mulches better than the 32/36" two blade units for some reason, but for routine cutting it should do well enough.
     
  7. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    When you take it off make sure you write 'left' 'center' or 'right' on the pieces. It should make it easier next year.

    Also might want to get someone to help put the nuts on the top of the bolts when your holding the steel pieces in place and trying to hold the bolt throught the steel tab. .......or grow a third arm....

    Only loosely put the hardware on bolts and tighten it all after all bolts are on...
     
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    thanks guys for your suggestions. i appreciate it.
    integrityman- it came with only 1 big piece that is shaped like a w.
    thanks
     
  9. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    OK- my w/b units have had 2 or 3 pieces.....
     
  10. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    it is the model number that exmark reccomends from their website
     

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