For those that bag...A way around it

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by K.Carothers, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I hate to bag. Actually, I turned every bid down that wanted bagged. I am re-thinking this game now that I have a 21" route.

    Who uses mulching blades when bagging, thus eliminating up to half of the grass?

    Is this a "smooth" way around this???

  2. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    Well I use 21" toros with mulch blade, atomics. I mulch and bag but am moving toward mulching more some yards where its thick and wet I spend more time touching up the clumps with double mowing and blowing that I will just bag it next time. No secound guessing.

    I haven't noticed a difference between the normal highlift and the mulch blade and I do use both but I wasnt looking for a difference. I have noticed that there is a lot less to bag though but I was thinking this is due to the dry weather but maybe you're on to something.
  3. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Messages: 311

    I'm not sure if this helps but I havn't baged with my 21" hondas for over twelve years now. Gators have worked just fine. With my Walker (a 96 42" ghs) I run Gators, and there is a big difference when I have to bag. And I rarely have to bag. But when I do I like to think that I gain at least 40% over the stock blades. That's what I've found anyway.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    I don't bag because they don't pay me enough to do it.

    So, I use standard hi lift blades and have NO bagging customers.
  5. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    a gator will only slightly reduce to amount of clippings bagged but it does provide enough lift that you can bag if you want too.
  6. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Your talking about using "true" enclosed-deck mulching blades, right? The blades that are all bent up, lifting at the tips, pushing down in inner section?

    Those should work pretty good... pretty sneaky too! (I like it.)
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    Come to think of it, I guess you could use mulchers with an OCDC system, then put the bag in place over the closed chute :laugh:
    The only time it gets tricky is as they watch, they will not see you emptying the bag...
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    My honda packs the bag very tightly as it cuts so finley with the quadracut system on it.
  9. All_Clear

    All_Clear LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    My 21" is set to mulch... I bagged it once with mulch blade and told the guy never again.

    I don't offer bagging anymore. If they insist then they can pay me hourly, otherwise its mulching always.

    Could get away with fake bagging on a very small lawn but if they ever asked you, you'd be getting yourself in a deeper lie, that's never a good thing. Better to be honest and either bag it or tell them No!

    All Clear
  10. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    That was MY IDEA but I didn't want anyone to know how sneaky i am.

    I was thinking why does justmowit have bags on their mowers if all they do is mulch? I tried mulching with the bag on but the plastic mulch thing blew into the bag after a while so i was thinking of drilling some holes to attach a cross piece to keep it in there.

    I feel kind of sheepish with no bag on my mower but I havent had a customer complain about me not leaving bags for them to throw out.

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