Will a "real" walk behind mulch well?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TROTTMAN, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. TROTTMAN

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
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    Right now I have a 33" Sutech Stealth with a plate and mulching blades. It mulches fine until you get into thick grass. Now I understand that it is much harder to mulch in thick grass, but its the kind of thick where my 21" push mowers can mulch it fine with no clippings showing. Now there are 2 areas on the front where grass can pile up and then drop (no baffles and I don't think they make any for this mower).

    Now if I get a 36" or 48" mower with a mulch kit (baffles, blades, and chute plug) will this mulch really well? I am looking at a BOBCAT 48" (actually might be a 54, looked HUGE) with a 20 hp Kohler engine. It should have the power to mulch thick grass, but I want to insure that I don't have to make multiple passes all the time (sometimes I know its unavoidable).

    Do most recent mowers mulch pretty well with mulch kits? I think the Sutech has a lot of trouble just because the blades are only 12"s across and only the far tip does much of any cutting (blade speed). I think a 2 blade 36" set up would be much better.

    Thanks.
     
  2. narly1_2000

    narly1_2000 LawnSite Member
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    Lots of guys on here bash the Sutech. Took me 3 cuts to master the thing but I live in Maryland and it leaves no clippings that you can see. My lawn is well fertilized and grows quite fast. I even invested in Gator blades but havent need ed them. I have the original blades on with the chute up and usually go to first speed in tall or wet grass. I have never installed the mulch kit since it works fine the way it is.. Have fun..Glenn
     
  3. TROTTMAN

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can't afford to go on speed one! Hehehe...
     
  4. narly1_2000

    narly1_2000 LawnSite Member
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    yes, that maybe true but going downhill speed 1 turns into speed 10 very fast. Most fun Ive had since Disneyworld
     
  5. TROTTMAN

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
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    NO KIDDING!!! It can't engine break for anything! I only go up the steep hills hehe...
     
  6. ULTIMATE LAWN

    ULTIMATE LAWN Banned
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    The 36" will mulch slightly beTTer than a 48" w/micro Mulch kit instaLLed.
     
  7. HOW?

    BTW you don't have a 36" Exmark.
     
  8. TROTTMAN

    TROTTMAN LawnSite Senior Member
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    Makes sense to me... larger blades ususally cut better for taller grass and more of the blade is moving at a higher velocity (where its cutting).
     
  9. He said the opposite of what you just said TROTTMAN

    3 blades cut better than 2. Proven factoid.
     
  10. ULTIMATE LAWN

    ULTIMATE LAWN Banned
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    I don't think you understand the mulching concept. It it irrelevant how many blades the unit has since each chamber is baffled. The 36" with larger chamber & higher hp to deck size ratio than the 48"hp will mulch better.

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