clipping control

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by captaingreen, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    Alot of my commercial properties have large mulch beds and/or large parkings lots. I have been looking at a few of the aftermarket products available that I can mount on my mower to cut down on the amount of clippings thrown into mulch and onto parking lots. The products I have looked at open and close, in the closed position they are the same as a mulch plate, which controls the clippings, but could cause clumping or wind-rowing of the grass. Has anyone used one of these or have any suggestions.
  2. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    On my lazer, I've got an OCDC made by Trimmer Trap. Fairly simple to bolt on w/ minimal drilling. On my 48" Bobcat w/b I made an OCDC from a scrap piece of steel. I used the originan deflector as a guide and it pivots up out of the way when I want to side discharge or put a bagger on. On the w/b I've got no handle to open or close it. It's strictly manual. When I want it closed I just take one of those spring loaded clamps to hold it closed or the grass hitting it tends to open it. As far as the cut grass 'windrowing', well that's something you have to live with. I just make an extra pass over the row and try to mulch it more.
  3. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    Make closer out of expanded metal this works allot better than just metal.
  4. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    I'd think the holes in the expanded metal would allow clippings to escape and blow into where you don't want them. Does the metal catch the clippings and the holes allow just the air to escape? I've got some expaned metal and if this is the way to go I'll give it a try.
  5. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Expanded metal is better as far as letting the air flow continue and allow the deck to mow well, but the grass still collects and leaves a windrow - Nothing you can do about that other than put a bagger on and collect the clippings in those situations.

    I am assuming you have the same situations I have as to narrow islands where the trim side of you mower (left side) is along one curb and the discharge is shooting over the other curb just to the right

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