Fabricating A Side Discharge Chute

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by BckYrdLmbrJk, May 16, 2013.

  1. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
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    I've recently decided to stop bagging grass, for a lot of reasons, other than in the spring and fall when I have the ZVAC and bags on for cleanups/leaves.

    I probably would have made this decision a long time ago, except for my Snapper 52" Zero Turn (which I bought used) didn't come with a side discharge chute so I've been afraid if I took the vac and bags off it'll start launchin stones through windows and such. I've looked into the cost of ordering a chute for it, and that option would probably cost me in the neighborhood of $300 bucks.

    So I'm thinking I should just fabricate one myself, or simply cut and bend a single piece of sheet metal to act as a chute and bolt it to the deck. Has anyone here done this before and had any trial/error advice they'd like to share? How far down should I make the top slant to avoid launching stones or anything at cars, windows, etc?

    Also can anyone suggest good mulching blades for me to use? I really don't want to sacrifice aesthetics or piss off my customers, even for all pluses of not bagging.

    Thanks guys!
  2. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    No one has ever done this?:confused:
  3. unit28

    unit28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,554

    don't mean to sound like a tool,
    but check out the OCDC threads
  4. BckYrdLmbrJk

    BckYrdLmbrJk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Not at all, tools can be helpful:laugh:

    whats OCDC? Thank you:)
  5. Fubba

    Fubba LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    I run all my mower without discharge chutes with no problems. A lot of my properties are somewhat larger though.
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