JD Mulch-On-Demand

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by TennisBum, May 17, 2005.

  1. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    so explain to me how this works. are there baffles that you can lower from the operator position? you got any pics of the underside of the deck?
     
  2. horn1004

    horn1004 LawnSite Member
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    As requested, here are some pics of the underside of the mower. The first one is of the side discharge chute closed. The second one is with the baffles open and the third with the baffles closed. The fourth one is the MOD sticker on the deck. Basically, close the chutes and you mulch, open the chutes and clippings are discharged.

    TC,
    if you notice in one of the earlier pics, there is a handle which opens and closes the chutes.
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  3. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    TC Likes! TC Likes!

    how much do those run? I heard that exmark was coming out with a mulch on demand, but I don't know how long it will take them.
     
  4. horn1004

    horn1004 LawnSite Member
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    TC,

    Depending on availability and programs, dealers should charge around $7750-8000 for these mowers. There were a limited number of these machines made last year so availability would probably be an issue. Personally, I like the concept and I hope Deere produces another MOD deck in the future.
     
  5. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    well, I realize that it is only a prototype, but I think that the discharge will be inhibited by those baffles that come into the center of the deckfrom the back, I think that there should be "movable" baffles on both ends, so that you can actually discharge well when you want to. I also realize that doing that means more parts to break, but it's better than having a half discharge and half mulching mower all the time. I think that this deck would really slow you down in heavy growth, but I also think that during the summer and fall, it would work very well.
     
  6. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 649

    Thanks for the pics, horn1004 !

    It's a good concept. Those of us who mulch "exclusively" could benefit from this deck in wet conditions, for then we could 'let 'er fly!' and if necessary mulch on the double cut.

    My concerns are (1) does the MOD mulch as well as a regular 7 Iron with a mulch kit installed, (2) does it need cleaning (scraping) - one of the <i>amazing</i> features of the 7 Iron is it's propensity to stay clean.

    Is JD looking for a 'test' guinea pig? :) If this deck won't perform, will a regular 7 Iron fit the mower/frame?
     
  7. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    envy lawn service has already tested the prototype, and said that it takes some serious scraping at the end of the day.

    my exmark stays very clean underneath the deck, and it would be a pain to have to go under there each day. with the exmark, I only have to scrape once a week.
     
  8. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So what....Envy lives in North carolina, my cutting conditions and grass types differ from his. Envy is also the one that said John Deeres do not stripe!!! :rolleyes:
     

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