mulching/side discharge question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Matt Hermann, May 12, 2010.

  1. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
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    im 16 and have a little lco, and for the coustmers that dont care if its bagged or side discharged, what shoukd i do. i have 2 21inch mowers. does mulching look better than discharge or vice versa? thanks
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    If your mower mulches good you won't be able to tell that it wasn't bagged. Mulching may use a little more fuel and add some time on a small mower like a 21. Mulching looks way better than discharging if its done right.
     
  3. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
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    what do you mean by done right?
     
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Right mower, slowing down when need be, staying off area that will lose vacuum.
     
  5. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
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    i have a jon deere js63 mower and a craftsman both 21inch...both mulch....i could bag the persons yard but id have to charge more and if i can get away with mulching it would be easier and quicker for me
     
  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Mulching is fine down here but up there it could cause some issues I believe with thatch.
     
  7. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    i side discharge all my lawns with my 48'' but when i used to use a 21'' i mulched and it looked great
     
  8. bd44

    bd44 LawnSite Member
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    Mulch unless it's too moist. Then sd and maybe cross cut it with mulch plate in. If you can get by charging more for bagging and don't have any dumping issues, figure out how much more you can charge vs. additional time. Let the dollars tell you what to do if the customer dosen't car
     
  9. Zak's Pro. Lawn Care

    Zak's Pro. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    mulch with the 21 inch mowers but when you get a bigger mower side discharge
     
  10. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys, I charge $5 more for bagging because it takes longer.
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