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Discharge flap: to be or not to be?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    I'm in the market for a 36 wb. At my local Scag dealer he told me that in his business he always removes them, the flap that is. He says it just gets in the way. I can see how it would when it comes to passing through gates and such. What do most of u guys do, leave the black plastic flap on or remove it permenently? And for that matter, do u replace it with a mulching plate or just leave the discharge side open? Is this dangerous?
  2. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    i'd say nearly everyone seems to take them off. i dont have one on either of my mowers. i think its probably a little more dangerous but should be fine as long as you're careful. i think that it also helps to discharge the clippings better
  3. MeadowsLawnCare

    MeadowsLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I would think that would be a lot more dangerous, can't you just fold them up? Thats what i do to fit in tight areas.
  4. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Don't you guys have hinges on yours? I was able to figure out how to fold mine back to get through tight areas pretty quick. You know the best part? The flap folds right back down to the origial position again.
  5. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    I got a piece of aluminum 2" sqaure tube and some longer bolts so the chute sits higher. This way it dispenses grass more evenly while still giving protection.
  6. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    mine have lock nuts so that they can remain loose, I flip them up most of the time but can flip them down too without any effort.
  7. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    I flipped mine up on my metro. I put it up when I bought it 2 years ago and have never put it down. I've used 36" mowers now for 3 different companies and have never mowed a lawn with the flap down. Throws clipping better with flap up.
  8. cranium2001

    cranium2001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Put a tiny hole in the flap (drill), insert small bungee cord in hole, clip to non moving object on mower and presto. If you want it up it's up. If you feel you need it down you can take the bungee off. It works for me anyways.
  9. TinMan421

    TinMan421 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    The bungee or tarp strap works well for me also. If I get grass that is long and starts to bunch I tie it up. I learned a while back that rocks go alot further when the flap is up and the blade is more exposed. I once shot a rock across the street and into the door of a newer pickup truck. No insurance so it was out of pocket, seems to me at the time it was around 250 dollars to get the door fixed. I would hate to pay for that door skin today out of pocket.
  10. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    not to mention osha will nail you from not having the flap!

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