MINI-Z, help with clipping dispersal??

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  1. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    2005 MINI-Z, 19hp KAW/52".

    There's two things I'm not happy with in my MINI-Z. First is the motor size, but that was all my fault.

    Second: Clippings. It really doesn't matter if the grass is wet or dry, although it is worse when wet. The deck REALLY clumps up badly to the rear of the discharge opening. I noticed today that more than half was clumped up. What this causes is it is constantly clumping and then slinging large clumps out. The clippings/clumps only go one mower width over. This causes it to look really bad. This is dry, wet, Bermuda, Fescue. I'm using regular blades, Fusions, high lifts...nothing makes a difference.

    It seems that if the deck opening was wider it would work much better. I'd be more apt to do some "mods" but I know this would void the excellent deck warranty that I have. I also have a Qwikchute and would have to box the opening out some to make the chute work like it is designed.

    PJ or ANYONE have any ideas?
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is your serial #?
     
  3. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll get it tomorrow, I'm at the fire station today.
     
  4. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sent you an email, but here it is also.

    Model# 927236
    Serial# 05010136
     
  5. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ok, by looking at your serial # you have the wider discharge opening, I just wanted to make sure.
    I am here in Kansas and will bring this to our service managers attention and have him get with your dealer to see what they can find out.

    Pj
     
  6. mulligant

    mulligant LawnSite Member
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    I have the exact same mower except an 06 model and I have the same problems too. I don't think that the 19hp is enough, but I bought it because it was the best deal at the time. Also, I usually end up mowing twice to distribute the clippings or clumps of grass that are left behind. I know that Hustler has excellent quality, but could this problem be somewhere in the design of the mower?
     
  7. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
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    I talked to James yesterday about this, he is going to get it looked into when he gets back in the shop.

    Pj
     
  8. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    Has your dealer looked at it?
    Have you checked the basics? belt tension? engine RPM's? deck pitch? blade's?
    How many hours are on this unit?
    We can get this taken care of I am sure.

    Pj
     
  9. mulligant

    mulligant LawnSite Member
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    My mower has about 90 hours on it and I haven't had it back to the dealer since it was purchased 5 months ago. My deck belt tension is fine to my knowledge and hand test, engine rps sound the same as when new, the blades are sharpened periodically and that doesn't make a difference, and I have not checked my deck pitch.

    Thank you,

    Tyler
     
  10. tn mac

    tn mac LawnSite Member
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    Get some gator blades, that will make a big difference,the fusion blades just don't cut the grass into small enough pieces. for the fast growing southern turf.
     

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