Baffles or no?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ga sportsman, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. I just got a used Toro zmaster 5000 with 48" turbo force deck. It is a super mower and is supposed to have the adjustable baffle but it doesn't have any of the baffles underneath. It still cuts good but really stirs up dust and crap. (blades are a very high lift.) Would I seriously benefit from getting the baffles back up under the deck or would it not make a huge difference. Maybe just change to a lower lift blade? Looks like it would cost $300ish bucks to get everything I need.
  2. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,441

    It's a steel strip that goes from approx. front center of deck to the discharge side. If it not there, your in full discharge mode, which is best. Those deck are made to cut and cut fast. They do.
    The "Adjustable Baffle " is more for a bagger application.
    It mades nominal difference on the amout of dust.
    Reason being, you're reducing the output opening. Do that and volume goes down, yes, but discharge velocity goes up.
    The claims are for the showroom, and have little to do with real life.
    It's usually best to keep mower speed at max and control mowing with ground speed. Usually, but not always.
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  3. Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC

    Rockbridge Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,078

    yea un-baffled is best unless you need to 'seal' around the such with a full mulch kit or bagger attachment
  4. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,435

    I took mine off of a 36" vride and didn't notice any difference.

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