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Anyone running mulch kits all season long non-stop?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by justmjc, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Just picked up a mulch kit in fall and want to run them in the spring. Anyone have good luck doing that? I know that only 1 or 2 accounts get a little long each week and the majority are rather short. I don't think it should be a problem. Anyone running them exclusively?
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Yes, I do. On my 36" TTHP exmark. Just ordered a catcher for it, but doubt I'll use it much.
  3. trying 2b organic

    trying 2b organic LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    Im glad u posted this question. The limits to when you can mulch are percieved to be wet grass and grass that is too long. Both considered limits strickly from an asthetic point of view of course. Clippings in clumps with wet, clippings more visible if the grass was longer. I run just 21's so if u could comment on that as well if they dont mulch as well as the big boys. :laugh:
    my new mower is a husky mulcher but i got it late in the season and have only bagged with it so far.
    Plus the manual says you dont sharpen a mulching blade, what the hell is up with that, i assume of course that the owners manual is incorrect. I know husky a low end pro at best but surely i dont have to throw it out when the blade gets dull.
  4. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I mulch all year round with my TTHP's. I admit there are times when it can be a pain but overall it has been the best way for me to go. I have never heard of not sharpening mulching blades. I try to keep mine as sharp as possible. Good luck.
  5. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    Mulch kit on my Exmark Viking stays on year around. Thusfar, it seems that the yesses do warm season grasses.
  6. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    Put MEG MO blades on and get away from all the troubles of the mulching kits and clumps of grass. The knives stay sharper 10 times longer and very little build up under the deck. Knives balanced all the time. Let the grass discharge with no clumping showing on turf because grass is cut up 5 to 6 times smaller than with your blades. Mulching kits holds the grass under the deck and you have to clean the deck.
    OEM blades throws the grass out, but the MEG-MO blades blows the grass out. The grass is cut finer and is disbursed better than throwing it out.
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I bought a mulching kit for my Exmark 36" Viking several years ago. I used it sparingly soon after getting it, then put it in the corner of the garage -- where it has been located since.

    I have some properties that require bagging. Also, my customers only will accept one cut per week, regardless of how much the grass grows. I must cut what is there and often the growth is too much to mulch. Further, during much of the Summer, the early morning work is done with heavy dew, making mulching impossible.

    For me, on/off/on/off/ ... is too much time, for any time saved from bagging. Just keep working, bag where I must, discharge where I can. Forget the mulching kit.
  8. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I have been wondering where the Meg-Mo guy was.

    Who was it that did the test on them? Was it Gamba?
  9. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    Notice states where people are posting from. You're in MI? Good luck leaving the mulch kit on! I have one for a 48 TT. If it goes on again, I know it won't be for long.

    You'll leave stains all over cement, at best, on cool-season lawns with any kind of moisture.

    I'm using an OCDC from now on, and most of the time will run double blades.
  10. rotgg

    rotgg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    we runn them all the time

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