I'm thinking about a chute blocker for my 61 V+ (I haven't decided on which one, or even IF I'm getting one, yet). I'm wondering if any of you who already have one, ever leave the chute blocker closed for extended periods of time. I can't see doing it in the thick of Spring, for example. But in this recent dry weather in my area, on really windy days, I'm wondering if that would help knock down some of the mess that blows up in my face. I put my factory chute blocker back on this spring. I bungee it up for 75% of my cutting. But when it's really, really windy and I have to cut in such a way that I get tons of grass blowing back at me, I drop it down. It doesn't keep everything off of me, but it definitely cuts it by more than half. I am wondering if on those days I could just keep the chute blocker down to accomplish this (even better perhaps). That might be an added benefit to all the other reasons for installing one. On a side note, some younger fellas at the gas station called me a hack because I had the factory chute guard on my machine. Does that make me a hack lol???