is this safe????????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rjmj, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. rjmj

    rjmj LawnSite Member
    from mn
    Posts: 16

    I have a 52" snapper WB and i need to mulch a lawn tomorrow but i dont have a mulch kit. So i bolted a 2 by 6 over the discharge chute. The blades easyly clear it but i am wondering if this is safe. I cant think of anything to be dangerous but maybe i am missing something. will this work? is it safe? this is only going to be temperary just intill i can get to the metal shop
  2. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    IF you have to ask, then probably not. Good rule of thumb.jmo
  3. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    I think its safe, afterall, when a mulch kit is installed a plate bolts over the discharge outlet. I dont think, however, that it will mulch very well at all, without baffles. Get Gator blades for sure.
  4. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    probablly not, but thats up to you to decided. btw snappers don't use baffles to mulch they just put a plate over the discharge end and your mulching. Also I've used gators and ninjas and the ninjas are far better on the snapper than the gators in my opinion. Good luck though :)
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I think that if you are asking then you must not think that it is safe
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    why dont u just discharge?
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    What is it that you're trying to accomplish? I can tell you one thing, if you're looking to make a mess,.. then yeah, - you're on the right track.:rolleyes: All you'e going to have is a bunch of wet clumped up grass bumping out the right side of your deck. Covering the discharge chute does NOT constitute mulching. It's done evenly with seperate baffles, and even THEN conditions have to be just right for it. If you have a whole lot of grass to cut, (meaning that it is long), then you are far better off to side dicharge, let it dry, and hit it again - or windrow it and pick it up if necessary.
  8. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,194

    It's safety depends on what kind of physical treatment it gets. Don't mean how you intend to treat it, but what you might hit, bump, scrape, and what ever the blades may throw at it from the inside.
    All in all, not a good idea, that's why they make the 'real' ones out of some pretty heavy steel, just in case of things you don't plan on.
  9. rjmj

    rjmj LawnSite Member
    from mn
    Posts: 16

    I am just trying to keep the clippings out of the flower beds
  10. Cut This!

    Cut This! LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    You need only to ask yourself....

    Would my customers lawyer say it was safe.....

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