Rear Discharge Mowers...Yes or No?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bayou Man, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Bayou Man

    Bayou Man LawnSite Member
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    I'm thinking about trying out some of the new rear discharge mowers that are on the market now. My hesitation is that when we tried them a long time ago, they left lines of cut grass behind. Is this still a problem?

    Also, I've gotten to a point now that I have to put mulching kits on all of our mowers because the guys won't use the open side discharge machines for fear of flying debris breaking a window. Would rear discharge machines be the better solution?
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    IMO, rear discharge mower decks on ZTR's are about a half step up from an actual bush hog. I would never buy one unless what I had to cut with it specifically was a large area of field grass and the QOC left behind didn't matter for the finsihed product. All of them that I have seen working leave a rough looking cut behind on turf grass.
     
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    things I always keep in mind with rear discharge decks.

    the clumps left when cutting wet grass will get smashed into the ground making them harder to remove. how do you bag should you need to.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The finish cut is not as nice.
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  5. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,446

    I hear good things about walker's rear discharge but it only comes in 52inch. Nothing bigger - beauty of it is dual, counter-rotating blades I'm told...
     

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