Law against rear discharge decks for zero turn mowers????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The_Duk, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. The_Duk

    The_Duk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    i just tried to call and get a price on a rear discharge deck for my mower and i was told that they couldn't sell it here in the states because of a federal law...... i've never heard of anything like that... anyone else?? anyways, i can't get one...
  2. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    i think that dealer smokes something. post this in the hustler thread to see what pj says
  3. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    That's a new one. I know Deere's 997 ZTR has a rear discharge option, as do their front mowers. Most of the 3pt finish mowers for tractors are rear discharge. If anything they are safer than side discharge because there is less of a chance to throwing something at someone or something. There used to be one guy from Australia and another from England on here and they had said that because of safety issues that's all they used there.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I'm guessing the law exists to keep people from hurting themselves or others.
  5. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Thats horshit. Grasshopper makes and sells one too.
  6. mowguynky

    mowguynky LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Messages: 6

    I could understand the no rear discharge on a regular push mower. I would think a rear discharge on any riding mower would be good. Afterall, I doubt anybody is standing where I just mowed.
  7. Tinkerer

    Tinkerer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I used one on my Toro 117 Groundsmaster. It did a great job of filling up the engine compartment with grass clippings. Plus the fins on the engine got clogged up. Now on a hot day when all those clippings are really dry,,, what could happen with a hot engine? Fire?
  8. lotsagrass

    lotsagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 783

    That's exactly what came to mind as soon as I started visualizing a rear discharge rider that has an engine in the rear. My eXmark sucks up enough dry clippings and debris into the fan shroud as it is. I can't imagine what it would look like if clippings (especially dry grass and dry leaves) are thrown backwards instead of out to the side.

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,376

    As far as rock throwing lyability. Rear discarge decks are 100% safer then side discharge decks. That makes so sense to me. As far as a fire hazard, the clipings are thrown under the engine. A rear discharge deck has half the grass buildup around the engine comaprtment that a side discharge has. I would call a few more dealrs and see if your dealer is missinformed.
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    ever watch a bush hog run with a rear discharge....

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