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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by maustm, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. maustm

    maustm LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 54

    As far as the Ariens or Gravely LM21 mowers, anyone ever invest in the mulch kit for these things? I typically bag or use the chute, and have never heard of anyone actually using the muclh kit. It includes a blade and baffle. My dealer told me he does not recommend them, do any of you?
     
  2. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    I have the gravely with the kohler and I just put the mulch plate on and it works great. Just dont try it wet or on bye weekly cuts.
     
  3. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,458

    How's the Kohler XT-7? Do you have a lot of hours on it?
     
  4. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    I had the SW21 with mulch kit and it worked great. I've been a big fan of their push mowers for quite some time and recently just picked up their Pro-21. Hoping it will be here this week! The biggest issue I had with the SW line is the removable "treads" for the rear wheels. It's a good idea in concept but under a lot of use they will need replacing often. They should either make them thicker or just add a solid wheel with ball bearings which is what the pro has.
     
  5. maustm

    maustm LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 54

    As far as the xt-7 engine, I have no complaints. When I bought I felt like I was taking a chance, but have been happy. I probably have 100 hours on the engine. So far I changed the oil after 5 hours. It sat in cold storage for 5 months so I replaced the plug, air and fuel filter, started on the first pull. I make sure I balance the blade well and the engine runs smooth, not a lot of vibration. So no problems so far.
     
  6. maustm

    maustm LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 54

    dwost, my only complaint about the mower was it leaves a single trail of clippings when I mow, but I don't have the mulch kit. Did you get a trail of clippings with the kit? I tyically discharge because of this, but would like to mulch... a bit less cleanup.
     
  7. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    Nope, just stuck in the mulch plug and went at it. I did throw a gator blade on it which made a difference but I never had any widrow issues with it. It would choke down a bit on taller grass if I missed a mowing but overall the cut was great for a 21.
     
  8. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    I am a kawi guy but have to say the kohler has been great. When I use the mulching plug I have no straglers. I also have mulching issues when grass is wet or has been skipped but that is with the standard blade. I will be getting another one but it will not have the swivel casters, I just dont like the height adjustment but does work well.
     
  9. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    I just found out the Pro-21 that I ordered is BEING BUILT........kinda shocked but I guess they have just started building them for 2010 and none have left the factory yet. Looks like it's about 7-10 days out before I get it. I'll be sure to post up a bunch of pics along with the results once I start cutting.
     
  10. maustm

    maustm LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 54

    Dowst - hopefully they will have it built and to you soon, I am anxious to hear how it performs, I almost bought the pro 21 too.

    Last question on the mulch kit, was you kit just the mulch plug and a gator blade or did you have the black baffle installed as well? I have also mulched with just the plug and get the line of clumps, so I was considering installing the whole kit with the baffle and all, I already have a gator for it.

    Thanks
     

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