Side disharge

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tony Harrell, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd like to take credit for this but can't, I'll take credit for getting it out to all of you though. I saw a walkbehind with something strange mounted above the side discharge area. The chute was missing. This guy had a chute block built for when he wanted to completely avoid discharging. It was made so that when he didn't need it, it mounted in the same spot upside down. It also won't interfere with a side bagger because he had one on it at the time. I've never seen a walkbehind with the chute down, and I've beat mine up even in the fold up position. I can see using it around sensitive areas like beds, cars, windows etc...As soon as I can get to the welding shop, I'm having one built for mine.
     
  2. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been thinking about the item I saw and I've come up with a better design. Instead of welding all of those angles and using all of those materials, why not just fabricate a plate to swing up or down in place of the chute? That would be no problem to fab. I'm working on a system to do it from the operator position now, sort of like the "over center" position of the blade belt adjuster. My Bob-Cat has a place for an engagement lever on the right side that would be perfect for this. I think it was put on all the frames when they had the variable speed transmision.
     
  3. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tony H I've made these for both my wb and my ztr. Wish I had a digital camera so I could post some pics to give you some ideas. Like you said, I used the existing mount for the discharge chute to hinge the door. On the wb I incorperated a 1/2 drive universal joint welded to the door and to a rod that runs up to the oper controls with a 90 deg bend for a handle. I just rotate the handle about 180 deg to open/close the door. Only works open or close. The one for my toro Zmaster I made a 2 position door that in the middle position works great when you still need to discharge but keeps the grass from blowing to far (like along a road or something) If I can get hold of a camera in the next week or so I will try to post some pics.

    BTW I was approched by another local Lco that saw my door and was impressed and asked if maybe i could make some for his mowers. Do you think it is wise to help out the local compitition get a leg up on doing a better job and cut their cleanup time? I don't think it will make that big a difference.

    Marc
     
  4. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tony, I tried to download some photos onto LS but it keeps telling me I have to many bytes??? 102000max and the photos all are around 157000 bytes. Go figure. Anyway I got some photos if you want, contact me and I will e-mail them to you. Marc
     
  5. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    Digger, Your profile says you don't accept email. Here's mine tonyharrell@advi.net Try reducing the size of the file if your camera allows it. Thanks, Tony
     
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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  7. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    That is a great method. Anything to make the job easier and allow for quick change over is key.


    Gravely_Man
     
  8. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    Marc, I got your pics, awesome! On the walkbehind, how do you engage it, twist the handle? Btw--what kind of walkbehind is that? Thanks
     
  9. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yea, you just rotate the handle appx 180deg and the door swings open just a little past center, and the weight of it holds it open. If you hit some really hard bumps it might bounce shut.
    That is a genuine Howard Price Turf Equipment 48" Turfblazer made in Chesterfield MO. Probably just down the street from LGF. I think he lives somewhere near there. Marc
     
  10. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Think I might have figured out how to get those pics posted. Here goes...

    toro door 1.gif
     

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