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Type of discharge?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Pastaboy62, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. Pastaboy62

    Pastaboy62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    I just got a new Scag with a mulch kit, I took it off a little later because it kept dropping all the grass under the deck, so now i use it w/ no discharge chute, just open. Does anyone else do that? do the clients care? Thanks
  2. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    i dont personally. i mulch all my jobs. if it clumps, well then i do the unthinkable and bag it. but i dont service any huge properties either, so if i have to bag a couple of my jobs its no big deal. so far ive only had to bag a couple of times this year, because of damp conditions. im not about to leave a yard all clumped up. not professional in my opinion. but you know, opinions are like @%$holes, everyone has one and the usually stink!

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    We ran the kits on all our 36" mowers as they were always close to stuff. Some of the 44" had them too. But anything bigger was on properties that were big enough to run open. just point away from the house on the 1st pass.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    How do you bag if you have the mulch kit on?
  5. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    Discharge chute? What's that? I don't think mine is even dirty, well, dusty from sitting in the garage maybe.
  6. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    exactly what ^^^ he said. But I did build me a OCDC that I can use as a chute also. Works pretty good also.
  7. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    pm lawn, i simply reach down and pull the mulch plug out. i just have a 21 inch. maybe this question didnt apply to me. sorry
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,823

    We put a OCDC on our Z-TURN and large walkbehinds.Flip the handle,no grass thrown into mulched beds.I don't think OSHA would like seeing companies with employees, with mower's without some kind discharge chute in place
  9. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    Not to mention the insurance companies either.
    There exists many precedents concerning coverage and payouts wherein an obvious alteration to the equipment has allowed the insurance company not to pay. Removing a discharge cover, pulley/spindle covers, safety switches all increase your liability.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    The toros had the rubber one that was good for not doing damage if it hit something. I never removed the shield but I would un do the spring, That way if I needed to flop it up it would stay till I put it back down.

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