deflector chute

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by B&M, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. B&M

    B&M LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    Why are some people running their mowers with no deflector chute? I keep mine on no matter what. Seems running without one could be dangerous.
  2. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    It is very dangerous. I dont recommend doing it.who knows what can shoot up at you or others.
  3. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,447

    i took myn off becuase it gets in the way and its just a pain :hammerhead:
  4. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    I would be sure to wear eye protection.
  5. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    I keep mine on but it is never down unless I am mowing where cars may be hit (road, parking lot, driveway etc). Better clipping dispersal when its really thick and lush and it gets in the way. If your not wreckless it is really not that hazardous.
  6. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Mine didnt come with 1. But I made a OCDC for mine.
  7. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I dont have one on the Z but I did keep the one on my Ferris WB.
  8. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    dont have one on our lescos... if we did we wouldnt be able to use the grass catchers.... and things are gonna fly out no matter if you have a chute or no chute.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It depends on your mindset and I like the newer rubber chutes, but the older steel chutes were at least as dangerous ON the mower as off. Even the rubber ones have an articulating piece that is made of steel, and...

    The thing is, I got a 48" deck and so it sticks out yay far on one side and one tends to balance the deck in one's mind to where one can forget the stupid chute is sticking out further on the right, so there is less clearance on one side vs. the other... Now, try and forget even once that the chute is there and slip past a tree at full speed and WHAM, see what happens...

    I done flew over the handlebars a few times by now, it's not just the embarrassment but it is almost always very painful as well, so the way I fixed it is I removed the stupid spring that holds the deflector down: Now I can flip it up on top of the deck when I want it out of the way (and it usually stays there) or flip it into place when need be, and unless the ride is very bumpy, usually the weight of the chute holds it in place.... Also, at least on a Wb you have to put a metal sleeve over the bolt at this point or you'll bend the deck supports inwards over time.
  10. walker/redmax

    walker/redmax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    It spreads the cut grass out over a wider area so there is less clumping in tall grass. Plus, driving around with it on, I have a bad habit of taking out rain gutters and dinging fence posts.:eek: Without it, I'm much less dangerous.

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