Mulch Kit w/OCDC

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mphillips4739, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. mphillips4739

    mphillips4739 LawnSite Member
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    This is probably a stupid question, but does anyone run a mulch kit, but instead of the discharge block-off plate, use an ocdc. Some of the properties I mow get overgrown between mows, so it would be nice to not have to remove a mulch kit to side discharge. I know it can't do both great, but hopefully mulch great and side discharge ok? Any input appreciated.
     
  2. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    Dont think u will get the results ur looking for.. I tried taking the blocker plate off my exmark, and it didnt do what I hoped. I no longer use a mulch kit.
     
  3. mphillips4739

    mphillips4739 LawnSite Member
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    I figured that was going to be the answer. Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. lawnboy858

    lawnboy858 LawnSite Senior Member
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    john deere makes a mulch on demand system.

    i don't know how well it works though.

    as for me, i side discharge all of my lawns.
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    You might go in reverse take the mulch kit off and put on chute blocker. We run that way year round....
     
  6. mphillips4739

    mphillips4739 LawnSite Member
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    Do you actually mulch that way or just use the ocdc just as it was intended (for keeping grass out of beds etc)?
     
  7. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
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    In the past I mulched everything. All my mowers had a full mulch kit on them. Then we had a REALLY wet summer ( wet for us anyway )...and mulching was a pain. Started discharging. Didnt like crap flying through the air at high speeds....so went with a discharge blocker. This seems to leave a slug trail of grass where it tries to discharge it...but instead it hit the plate and drops.
    Ive decided to go back to a full mulching kit. When its wet or overgrown, Ill go slower, raise the deck...
     
  8. phil_peek

    phil_peek LawnSite Member
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    I also run with a mulch kit all the time, but I am really getting tired of it, I have noticed that the blade drive belt is starting to slip sometimes because there is too much grass in the deck. I am looking for a blocker too, but I cant find too many that I like, so I may just have to settle with just using the mulching kit, or I may start dischargin like most everyone else, I am scared of what my customers will do though since I have been mulching since the beginning. Another bad thing about the mulch kit is that it uses so much more gas, and gas is killing everyone. If anyone knows of a good chute blocker for a scag 36" walk-behind, that would be great.
     
  9. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    I was also worried about what my customers were going to say when I started to side discharge. Lawn looked better blowing the grass then with the mulcher. This was heavy spring time grass. Hated the way it looked w/mulch kit. Took it off and never looked back. Been 4 yrs w/out them.
    Not 1 customer noticed I was discharging.
     
  10. phil_peek

    phil_peek LawnSite Member
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    I tried discharging once last year on a yard that always took a while, and it made it faster, but then the guy said something about he liked it better the other way. I guess he watches me out the window or something, but I thought it looked just as good if not better, but I guess he didnt think so. Thanks for the advice, it will help in my decision.
     

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