Mulching Kit?

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  1. watts_mowing

    watts_mowing LawnSite Member
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    I have a Fastrak 42" which I love but need to be able to mulch. Does Hustler offer a mulching kit for this mower? Part number? Thanks....
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes.
    Kit, 36" / 42" Mulch, Mini FasTrak 338442 $59
    Kit, Mini Fastrak Air Flow/Blow Out Kit 42" 101857 $42
    Mulching blade options.
    mulching 794214 (wavy style)
    Gator mulching 794230
     
  3. SuperTurf

    SuperTurf LawnSite Member
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    I also have a question regarding the mulching kits: I'm currently considering the Mini-Z 19HP Kawasaki. My dealer tells me that some decks for the Mini-Z require a blade swap while others do not (depending on the deck s/n). First, what is the difference in the decks that make some need the blade swap and others not? Second, if I do need a blade swap, will the mulching blades have the same quality as the original Fusion blades?
     
  4. mowerconsultant

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    Not sure why hes telling you about a blade swap other than when using the mulch kit you need to use mulching blades.
    There was a time we didnt use Fusions on the Mini Z, but its been 2 years since we have used them as the std blade.
    The Fusion blades are only available in stock high lift from us, not in Gator or mulching versions.
    They will be of the same quality just not Fusion blades that last longer.

    Pj
     
  5. SuperTurf

    SuperTurf LawnSite Member
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    Well. when I asked him the price of the mulching kit for the Mini-Z (19/52) he said that it depends on the deck because some decks used the stock blades with only a baffle and others needed baffle and different blades. He said it would depend on the s/n of the deck. I guess not all of the 19/52s he has in stock are the same? Now I'm a little confused as to which mower to pick. I suppose I couldn't go wrong if I picked the one with the latest s/n? Thanks!
     
  6. mowerconsultant

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    The reason he needs a serial # is due to 2 different mulch kits we use, correct.
    The only difference in the kits is the discharge cover plate, the older serial # units have a smaller deck opening, the newer ones have a larger opening.
    At the same time we change the deck opening we went to the Fusion blade as std equipment.
    He shouldn't have any of the older style small deck opening models in stock, its possible though.

    Pj
     
  7. SuperTurf

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    Pj, I just got my mulch kit and I just have a couple of questions for you: The kit came with blades and the p/n for the blade is 794198 (17.86" MUL-F-CW). Are these the gators, the wavy blades or something altogether different? The kit number is 102640 and I have a 927236 mower with s/n 07062473. I just wondered because I hear all kinds of talk on here about gators, wavy blades and fusions. I'm pretty sure the stock blades the mower came with are fusions. I'm thinking about trying the fusions and see how they do with the mulch kit simply because I have heard they will stay sharper longer. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks! (BTW, I primarily cut Bermuda grass)
     
  8. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your kit came with and you have the wavy mulching blades.
    The Fusions came stock on your mower, you don't use them with the mulch kit, they are not mulching type blades, they will not perform any where near what mulching blades will when used with a full mulching kit.
     
  9. SuperTurf

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    Well, I put them on along with all the baffles this week-end and tried them out. They cut very well but I got covered in grass. Wow, it's like a storm! Is there anything I can do short of wearing a bubble suit? Thanks!
     
  10. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
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    As dry as it is and the way the air flows thats about normal.
    I would check your deck pitch and try cutting at varying heights also.
     

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