homemade discharge chute blockers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newblade, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
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    Anyone make their own chute blockers? How much and how?
     
  2. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I made one for my 48" Bob Cat wb mower. Took a piece of scrap 3/16" steel plate and cut(sawzall), bent(torch and vise), drilled it so it went right on the deck where the discharge chute went. It uses the same pivot points and the discharge chute did & flips up out of the way when I need to put the catcher on or folds down to block the chute off when I want it to. It does a 'fair' job when using it to mulch. As for costs, well I didn't spend any more than my time as the steel was left over from something else I did. Best advice on 'how to do it' is make a cardboard template so you can get some kind of idea of what you want. It's going to be a little bit of trial and error, but it's not difficult to do. I want to add a rod this year so I can raise & lower it without having to stop the mower, shut the blades off. and then doing it manually. Good luck!
     
  4. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
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    I have a exmark lazer z with the 4 1/2 in deep deck ztr
     
  5. old dog

    old dog LawnSite Member
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    Trimmer Trap makes one that I will be trying...
     
  6. Carolina Cutter

    Carolina Cutter LawnSite Senior Member
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    For a walkbehind? Want me to fill you in??
     
  7. Daddio

    Daddio LawnSite Member
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    yes, I have a 48 tthp
     
  8. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
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    merlin,

    i saw your trailer pictures.....very neat.

    you mind me asking a few questions?

    1. did you change the plywood that came with the trailer? what did you put in there?
    2. did you make the trimmer/edger hangers? if so, where did you get the locking pins?
     
  9. Sunset Lawn Care

    Sunset Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I made mine out of an old spring mounted chute that was on the back of a 21 inch push mower. However, the metal was too thin and I am going to have to re-inforce it with some sheet metal and rivets. It was basically free other than my time. The plus side is that same chute had a mount for the bagger so I can use the push mowers bagger also. Kinda ghetto but effective.

    Hunter.
     
  10. Buckeye1

    Buckeye1 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 170

    The ezchute (ezchute.com) is the easiest to copy.
     

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