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Making a Mower a Mulcher

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by GrassworksNEB, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. GrassworksNEB

    GrassworksNEB LawnSite Member
    from NE
    Posts: 14

    I have a Lesco 48" Hydro. I just purchased the Gator blades and I am wondering what else I need to do to make it a mulcher.

    Do I need to fabricate something to close off the chute?
  2. GrassworksNEB

    GrassworksNEB LawnSite Member
    from NE
    Posts: 14

  3. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Have you tried running double blades??

    I use gators over standards or high lifts , as a double combo on my 36" lesco and side discharge. The clippings end up pretty small, even without the chute closed off.
  4. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    You really don't want to just close off the chute. If you do that all the clippings will go from the three blades and stop at the discharge. I have an exmark turf tracer, and tried this and it would leave a pile of clippings at the discharge side. I ended up getting the mulch kit. The mulch kit encloses each baffle seperate. Mabey lesco has a mulch kit for your mower. Otherwise, using the discharge open would be the best.:D
  5. GrassworksNEB

    GrassworksNEB LawnSite Member
    from NE
    Posts: 14

    After talking to my Lesco Rep., it was determined that the mulching kit is the way to go.

    As described above, the kit containes baffles that seperate each blade as well as closes off the chute.

    Hope this helps anyone else...
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Really, the mulch kit surrounds each blade on the 36" or the 48"? Not what my lesco dealer told me. I really wanted an enexpensive hydro w/b, so i figured lesco is the way to go. I also wanted a dedicated mulcher, but my dealer told me their mulch kits were nothing more than gators and a curved plate to cover discharge. Even he said "if you really want a mulcher, get something that encloses each blade in it's own cutting chamber". I kinda wonder about making baffels to go under deck though...seems if you could roll some steel to the correct curvature, weld them togather, and weld some tabs on for bolt-up, it may work. I'm looking into a used lesco hydro 48" and doing just that.
  7. GrassworksNEB

    GrassworksNEB LawnSite Member
    from NE
    Posts: 14

    From what I understand, the Mulch kit is more than just the blades and chute cover.

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