Discharge chute...necessary?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MGH-PA, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. MGH-PA

    MGH-PA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I'm getting around to ordering the service items for the Gravely 148z I purchased this winter, and one of the items that was not included from the previous owner is the discharge chute. I read on a few places that a lot of owners take them off and leave them off for trimming purposes, but it seems like it could be a safety issue with that blade being so close to the outside edge of the deck.

    How many here keep their discharge chutes intact on the deck?
  2. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I keep the chute on my 48 " TTHP flipped up but I'm not in a residential area.
  3. drumz2129

    drumz2129 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I keep the chute on my 72" Lazer Z flipped in the down position. I seem to get as good if not better clipping dispersion than with it up. It also keeps me from being covered in grass when the wind is blowing.
  4. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,826

    Search for the thread here within the last year where a man took a piece of rebar through the jaw and face. In that case the chute was either missing or not used from what I remember.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i dont use the chute on mine. none of the companies around me do either
  6. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    I wouldn't hire you. Or them.
  7. LewisLawn

    LewisLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    on my WB i don't run it with the chute on.....but i do on my ztr,,,i suggest that you go all out and get a mulching kit and a stripping kit to look professional
  8. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    I still have it on mine but I 'usually' leave it flipped up to get the grass dispersed a little better. I have a large piece or land with no other houses nearby. If I lived really close to someone, I'd probably be inclined to keep it down, just in case.

    JABBERS LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 459

    I use a chute blocker i think from trimmer trap. I can close or open the chute from the seat also great mulcher for leaves.
  10. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    I would like to keep mine down all the time, but its sooo annoying! there are soo many places you cant go when it is down. And it does disperse the clippings better when it is up

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